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Peer-to-peer communication

P2PAlternatively referred to as P2P, P-to-P and P2P communications, peer-to-peer communication refers to the transmission between two peer computers over a network. P2P became widely known by computer users as they began sharing MP3s and other files over P2P networks. For example, Napster is an example of a P2P software application. After downloading and installing this program users were able to connect with other computers, search for songs, and download any of them freely.

Also see: Bittorrent, CDN, Cloud computing, File sharing, Internet terms, Gnutella, KaZaA, Leach, LimeWire, Napster, Network terms, Peer, Peer-to-peer network