P2P Technology for Operating Systems

August 10, 2006

File systems on a computer were once described to me with the analogy of an office:

The hard drive is described as a filing cabinet where all files are kept. A person goes to the cabinet and retrieves the files they want to work with. They then take it to their desk and use the files. The desk in this analogy is the same as RAM.

Broadband is commonplace now in many countries. Torrent files and P2P networks are being utilised by operating systems and programs now to update their files. Torrent files can be “streamed”. FLAC audio files can be streamed. Videos can be streamed. (What is the equivalent of FLAC in video files? The equivalent in picture files? PNG files?)

The next step is to move all the stuff on your hard drive to P2P networks. To retrieve to your RAM: a Magnet uri to link to files (using encryption keys to authenticate packages) and torrent files to allow spreading of the data between all users. Media could be streamed from torrent files accessed with a Magnet uri.

Computers no longer need hard drives or disc drives. A computer can be seperated into a monitor with the RAM, network connection, a single high speed processer (only one is needed as processing power shared over a heterogeneous distributed computing system) and video card built into the back. The sound system has it’s own audio processer and RAM built in. All media is streamed including television and radio as podcasts.

Portables access the files via wireless connections but would need hard drives still for those times when they travel outside of the networks reach.

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