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From P2P to Web Services and Grids: Evolving Distributed Communities (Computer Communications and Networks)

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The Tech Hotlist: Grid Computing and P2P

Milan Lathia a Gridalogy and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

From P2P to Web Services and Grids: Peers in a Client Server World

By Ian J. Taylor

275 pages

US$64.95

Springer, 2004

ISBN: 1-852-33869-5

P2P (peer-to-peer) and grid computing are hot new technologies that have been

touted by the media and are popular in academic and industrial circles. From P2P

to Web Services and Grids: Peers in a Client Server World provides a

comprehensive, updated review of the new and improved distributed computing

technology formed by the union of computing and communications.

As Ian J. Taylor points out, he wrote the book primarily for university students.

Ita (TM)s written like a textbook, and very well, too. You need a computing foundation

and some familiarity with grid computing to grasp all the concepts. The book does,

however, give a good overview of the technology before delving too deeply into

the details. Each chapter builds the technical know-how needed for the next one.

Taylor is a professor at the University of Cardiff. The book is based largely on his

online notes on P2P and distributed systems, which have been valuable to many

students, including me. In addition, the book explains in detail recent technologies

such as JXTA, Jini, Globus, and Freenet. Taylor also gives security, a rising

concern with grid computing, the attention it deserves. He provides additional

references for each chapter if you need more detail.

The book has four parts: Distributed Environments; Middleware, Applications, and

Supporting Technologies; Middleware Deployment; and From Web Services to

Future Grids. The distributed-environments section works as an orientation and an

introduction to many grid-computing-related concepts. It talks about P2P (peer-topeer),

Web services, and grid-computing technologies. It covers the concept of

distributed computing and P2P, their history, the technology, and academic and

industrial applications. The grid-computing chapter is well written, with good

information on the Globus Toolkit and the grid architecture. This section sets the

tone of the book by introducing and explaining the basic principles of distributed

computinga the backbone of P2P and grid computing.

The second section explores several well-known P2P and distributed computing

technologies such as Jini and JXTA. Taylor uses code snippets to simplify many

complex concepts used in these technologies. He also introduces signatures,

encryption, and other related technologies. The analogical and simplified

explanations of key concepts such as virtual organization, network topology, and

addressing are well done. Additionally, this section details Gnutella and Freenet,

two of the most popular P2P file-sharing mechanisms. Although neither Taylor nor His explanation does justice to file-sharing software concepts and technology. This

section also looks in depth at concerns such as scalability and security. Not many

authors have written in detail about security for grid computing.

The third section includes chapters on severaldemo applications and code

examples for using different technologies in grid computing. You can download

and run the sample code from the companion Web site. The section details and

demonstrates the power of Jini, JXTA, and related Web services.

The final section covers various grid technologies. Services based on the Grid

Computing Architecture and OGSA (Open Grid Services Architecture) reintroduce

the notion of state to a Web service.a P2P and grid computing are becoming

extremely popular and require much effort in terms of standardization. The section

also brings up issues such as the drawbacks of OGSI (Open Grid Services

Infrastructure).

The book is an easy read and makes many complex concepts easy to

understand. Its small size encouraged me to bring it along during business trips.

The book explains and correlates many P2P and grid-related concepts. Being in

the grid-computing business, I own many books on the subject, and From P2P to

Web Services and Grids: Peers in a Client Server World is a valuable addition to

my collection.

The book is a must for all grid-computing professionals and a good read for

enthusiasts and those who are curious about the technologies.

Milan Lathia is the president of Gridalogy, a grid software services and research company, and a

mastera (TM)s student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Contact him at

milan@gridalogy.com.

Related Links

l DS Online's Peer-to-Peer Community

l DS Online's Grid Computing Community

l A Loosely Coupled Vision for Computational Grids

l A Scalable P2P Platform for the Knowledge Grid

Cite this article:

Milan Lathia, The Tech Hotlist: Grid Computing and P2P, review of From P2P to Web Services and

Grids: Peers in a Client Server World by Ian J. Taylor, IEEE Distributed Systems Online, vol. 6, no. 11,

2005.

Synopsis:

This new edition provides a comprehensive overview of emerging distributed-systems technologies and includes many state-of-the-art infrastructures and technologies. It also offers exercises and historical contexts for each of the technologies.

Synopsis:

Covers a comprehensive range of P2P and Grid technologies. Provides a broad overview of the P2P field and how it relates to other technologies, such as Grid Computing, jini, Agent based computing, and web services.

Synopsis:

Internet usage has evolved from a predominately client/server-based Web server interaction to additionally involving the use of more decentralized applications - through which users contribute more equally in the role of the application as a whole - and still further to distributed communities based around the Web. This broad-ranging new edition of a classic textbook/reference provides a comprehensive overview of emerging distributed-systems technologies and has been significantly enhanced and extended to cover the many new, state-of-the-art infrastructures and technologies that have since appeared. The focus is also broadened, retaining the technical aspects, but additionally including useful historical contexts for each of the technologies. Features: • Fills in the gaps and includes an additional 8 chapters on highly popular developments, including BitTorrent, Web Services specifications and Web 2.0, as well as the underlying technologies used by these • Includes helpful learning tools to aid the reader's understanding, such as a thorough foundational introduction, end-of-chapter conclusions, and pointers to online information for further reading, etc. • Offers a more applied approach, with a comprehensive representation of the distributed systems field • Describes various possible communication methods from history and the basic connectivity • Presents a unique combination of P2P, Web services and grid technologies discussion that is both in-depth and accessible • Provides additional helpful info at www.p2pgridbook.com This easy-to-follow textbook/reference retains the detailed aspects of the successful first edition and is now substantially expanded, providing the reader with a comprehensive context in which to consider the most advanced and broad-ranging distributed systems available today. It is an essential reference text for designing new distributed systems, offering invaluable insight to both students and researchers. Ian J. Taylor is a senior lecturer in the School of Computer Science at Cardiff University, teaching two Distributed Systems courses. He holds an adjunct assistant professorship at Louisiana State University and consults independently with the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C. Andrew Harrison is a research fellow/associate, also in the School of Computer Science at Cardiff University.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Distributed Systems Peer-2-Peer Systems Gnutella Scalability Security Freenet Jxta P2P Deployment Using Jxta Jini Distributed Object Deployment Using Jini Grid Computing Web Services Web Services Deployment OGSA

Product Details

ISBN:
9781848001220
Author:
Taylor, Ian J.
Publisher:
Springer
Author:
Harrison, Andrew
Subject:
Internet - General
Subject:
Networking - General
Subject:
Information technology
Subject:
Client-server computing
Subject:
Internet programming
Subject:
Decentralised Computing
Subject:
distributed computing
Subject:
Distributed Objects
Subject:
Distributed Systems Programming
Subject:
Distributed Systems Security
Subject:
Freenet
Subject:
Gnutella
Subject:
Grid computing
Subject:
Grid services
Subject:
Jini
Subject:
JXTA
Subject:
OGSA
Subject:
p2p
Subject:
Scalability in Distributed Systems
Subject:
Web services
Subject:
peer to peer (P2P)
Subject:
Computer Communication Networks
Subject:
Information Systems and Communication Service
Subject:
Computer Systems Organization and Communication Networks
Copyright:
Edition Description:
2nd ed. 2009
Series:
Computer Communications and Networks
Series Volume:
Evolving Distributed
Publication Date:
20081114
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
486
Dimensions:
235 x 155 mm 1900 gr

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Product details 486 pages Springer - English 9781848001220 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This new edition provides a comprehensive overview of emerging distributed-systems technologies and includes many state-of-the-art infrastructures and technologies. It also offers exercises and historical contexts for each of the technologies.
"Synopsis" by , Covers a comprehensive range of P2P and Grid technologies. Provides a broad overview of the P2P field and how it relates to other technologies, such as Grid Computing, jini, Agent based computing, and web services.
"Synopsis" by , Internet usage has evolved from a predominately client/server-based Web server interaction to additionally involving the use of more decentralized applications - through which users contribute more equally in the role of the application as a whole - and still further to distributed communities based around the Web. This broad-ranging new edition of a classic textbook/reference provides a comprehensive overview of emerging distributed-systems technologies and has been significantly enhanced and extended to cover the many new, state-of-the-art infrastructures and technologies that have since appeared. The focus is also broadened, retaining the technical aspects, but additionally including useful historical contexts for each of the technologies. Features: • Fills in the gaps and includes an additional 8 chapters on highly popular developments, including BitTorrent, Web Services specifications and Web 2.0, as well as the underlying technologies used by these • Includes helpful learning tools to aid the reader's understanding, such as a thorough foundational introduction, end-of-chapter conclusions, and pointers to online information for further reading, etc. • Offers a more applied approach, with a comprehensive representation of the distributed systems field • Describes various possible communication methods from history and the basic connectivity • Presents a unique combination of P2P, Web services and grid technologies discussion that is both in-depth and accessible • Provides additional helpful info at www.p2pgridbook.com This easy-to-follow textbook/reference retains the detailed aspects of the successful first edition and is now substantially expanded, providing the reader with a comprehensive context in which to consider the most advanced and broad-ranging distributed systems available today. It is an essential reference text for designing new distributed systems, offering invaluable insight to both students and researchers. Ian J. Taylor is a senior lecturer in the School of Computer Science at Cardiff University, teaching two Distributed Systems courses. He holds an adjunct assistant professorship at Louisiana State University and consults independently with the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C. Andrew Harrison is a research fellow/associate, also in the School of Computer Science at Cardiff University.
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