"Currently, a new and highly interesting paradigm for communication on the Internet, known as Peer-to-Peer, is emerging. Although originally designed exclusively for pragmatic (and legally controversial) file sharing applications, Peer-to-Peer mechanisms can be used to access any kind of distributed resources and may offer new possibilities for internet-based applications."
"It is becoming increasingly obvious that client-server-based applications, which have become popular since the early 1980s, can no longer fully meet the evolving requirements of the Internet. In particular, their centralized nature is prone to resource bottlenecks. Consequently, they can be easily attacked and are difficult and expensive to modify due to their strategic placement within the network infrastructure. The concepts of P2P networking and P2P computing promise to provide simpler solutions to the problems mentioned above through a fundamental shift of paradigms."
"The P2P approach is by no means just a technology for file sharing. Rather, it forms a fundamental design principle for distributed systems. It clearly reflects the paradigm shift from coordination to cooperation, from centralization to decentralization, and from control to incentives."
"With this book, we want to give a broad overview of the wide range of applications of the Peer-to-Peer paradigm." (...) "The knowledge of many experts has been assembled for this book, each in their own specific research area. Thus, teachers can choose from a wide range of chapters on all aspects of Peer-to-Peer systems and applications, and therefore, can design the syllabus for their classes with individual accents."