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   Re: what Napster means for XML

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  • From: Len Bullard <cbullard@hiwaay.net>
  • To: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 20:09:26 -0500

David Megginson wrote:
> W. E. Perry writes:
>  > I don't take this as a blanket dismissal at all. In fact, it seems
>  > to me that you validate my argument. What does scalability mean
>  > except adequate supply to meet actual demand?
> I agree that that's the great advantage of a Napster-like approach
> (though in Napster's case, there's still a central server managing
> connections, and that can act as a single point of congestion).

You are trading resource for speed.  It is a 
natural way for a distributed web to work, and a reason we 
now have 20gig drives cheap.  It is also a valid example 
for people who study fractal patterns of distribution.

The problem is not replication:  it is broadcast with intent 
to replicate.  Tim put his finger on it:  intermediaries.


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