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P2P4B2B – Non-Commercial Peer-to-Peer Efforts

This listing is a companion to the P2P for Business Directory. These P2P-related sites are either non-profit, Open Source, or informational. They were picked because of their non-commercial nature and for their relevance to business use of P2P technology. The sites represent standards efforts and forums as well as Open Source projects and information portals. Sites devoted to consumer-to-consumer (C2C) file sharing are not included. .

Also check out O'Reilly's OpenP2P (, a tremendous resource for anyone wanting to keep track of the rapidly changing P2P marketplace.

You can also see the latest P2P news here.

The sites were picked for their relevance to business use of P2P technology. Sites devoted to consumer-to-consumer (C2C) file sharing are not included. See also our listing of Commercial P2P Efforts. .

Last updated, January 7, 2002. Links visited June 2006.

Organization or Effort




Recently released adaptive platform for developing distributed applications into open-source.

ALPINE Network

A peer based Open Source application and network infrastructure designed for decentralized information location/discovery.

Amaya Web Editor/Browser

A complete web browsing and authoring environment that implements collaborative annotation. From W3C.


Blocks Extensible Exchange Protocol is an XML-based messaging framework for building application protocols


Distributed computing project started in 1994.

Brazil Project

This Web application framework effort from Sun links together a variety of their technologies, from Java to Jini, as well as wireless networking.

Climate Dynamics

Casino-21 is a climate simulation distributed computing project.

Portal source for technical information on P2P file sharing networks.


DirectP2P is a library of modules that interact with various P2P networks such as Gnutella, OpenNap, Kazaa/Morpheus, and eDonkey2000. It presents a unified interface (or API) so that anyone may write their own client.


Portal for information about grid computing, with emphasis on economics.


Open source file-sharing client offshoot of Freenet that uses a decentralized, serverless architecture.

The Free Haven Project

Enables anonymous publication.


Freenet aims to create an information publication system similar to the World Wide Web based on the protocol in which information can be inserted into the system associated with a "key". Later anyone else can retrieve the information using the appropriate key. Users don’t know what files they’re hosting. Popular files migrate closer to users.


A generic interface to the FastTrack P2P network (Used by Kazaa and Morpehus). giFT also provides a generic daemon that can load "plugins" for different file sharing protocols, including a home grown network called OpenFT.

Global Grid Forum

Volunteer organization to promote P2P standards.


The Globus Project aims to create computational grids, persistent environments that enable software applications to integrate instruments, displays, computational and information resources that are managed by diverse organizations in widespread locations.


A working group to develop the next version of the Gnutella protocol, the general Purpose Location protocol.


A toolkit for building portals offering entry to a computing grid. Used for the HotPage, which organizes access to the supercomputer resources of UCSD/SDSC, UTexas, UMichigan, and Caltech.

Creates a distributed computing client, the first application of which is a Web indexer.


A draft standard for instant messaging.


A Perl module that connects to an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) server, joins channels, and begins accumulating “factoids.”


A consortium led by over 180 universities working in partnership with industry and government to develop and deploy advanced network applications and technologies.


The Java interface to FastTrack (used by Kazaa and Morpheus) or "jiFT isn't FastTrack". A port of the giFT daemon from C to Java.


P2P networking for devices, from Sun. Each device provides services that other devices in the community may use.


Japanese Gnutella community.

Jungle Monkey

A Unix-based distributed file-sharing service.


Sun’s JXTA effort aims to be the first P2P stack. More . . .


A content management system from Userland that can be used to create Weblogs.

Meerkat: An Open Wire Service

Meerkat is an XML-based syndicated content reader from publisher O’Reilly. It reports news on P2P issues. Good companion service to O’Reilly’s


Mobile Mesh is an Open Source project to enable P2P communication between mobile nodes, and involves Mobile Mesh Link Discovery Protocol, Mobile Mesh Routing Protocol, Mobile Mesh Border Discovery Protocol.


NeuroGrid allows the user to store data in a web-like fashion, associating bookmarks (files/documents) with multiple keywords. User activity is observed and the associations refined to reflect the way in which the keywords are used NeuroGrid P2P search engine is an application of the underlying NeuroGrid Learning technology, plus NeuroGrid routing technology.

New Productivity Initiative

An industry effort by system vendors, independent software vendors, and service providers to develop Distributed Resource Management (DRM), which ensures that disparate computing resources are united to optimize the use of the network as a computing platform.


Open File Sharing Initiative is developing P2P file sharing.


An open source version of the proprietary Napster server.


O’Reilly’s information portal about P2P.

Information portal about the P2P movement.


Information portal about the P2P movement.

PeerMetrics (FKA Exelion)

Creators of the Open Source PeerBrowser, as well as the Rabbit Protocol and the Peer System, a framework for developing P2P applications.


Information portal about the P2P movement.


Information portal about the P2P movement.

Peer-to-Peer Working Group

Non-profit effort organized to promote best-known practices based on peer-to-peer computing.


Information portal about the P2P movement. Provides original research and analysis.


An Open Source distributed workflow system.


An anonymous Web publishing system that inserts a layer of encryption that protects the identity of a publisher. A project at NYU.

Radio Userland

A "personal radio station," music organizer and player as well as a collaborative outliner, a writing tool that organizes stories, directories, presentations.


The World Wide Web Consortium’s, Resource Description Framework, is a "declarative language and provides a standard way for using XML to represent metadata in the form of statements about properties and relationships of items on the Web."

Sandia National Laboratories

Developed a cyberagent intrusion protection application, still in the laboratory stage, which functions as a multiagent collective -- a distributed program.

Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP)

Originally developed by Microsoft and now a W3C effort, Simple Object Access Protocol) is a lightweight, XML-based, protocol for exchange of information in a decentralized, distributed environment.

Sun Microsystems

Sun Grid Engine finds a pool of idle resources and harnesses it productively.

Trove List

A list of Open Source P2P projects, primarily file sharing oriented.

Universal Description, Discovery and Integration (UDDI)

Universal Description, Discovery and Integration is a registry initiative lead by Ariba, IBM, and Microsoft to create a platform-independent, open framework for describing services, discovering businesses, and integrating business services using the Internet.


Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning is a set of extensions to the HTTP protocol which allows users to collaboratively edit and manage files on remote web servers. Supported by Adobe and Macromedia.


A portal listing projects using SOAP, including some using P2P.


A precursor to SOAP, it uses XML and remote procedure calls to communicate information from one server to another.

XNS (eXtensible Name Service)

An open protocol and open-source platform for universal addressing promising a permanent identifier for a data container. Also XNS is a platform for "web agents" to negotiate the exchange, linking, and synchronization of information among different parties.

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