Vendors pump P2P

Last month was a relatively active one for the peer-to-peer (P2P) computing market, with the Peer-to-Peer Working Group electing members, companies announcing products and Sun Microsystems Inc. and others making noise at an O’Reilly conference focused on P2P.

Announcements at the O’Reilly conference included:

Entropia Inc. announced that its customer, SolidSpeed Networks Inc., is using Entropia’s global P2P computing network to power its Probester data engine, which tracks Web site performance. Entropia’s network consists of thousands of PCs in dozens of countries around the world;

WorldStreet, which provides P2P software aimed at the financial industry, announced it has formed a retail operations unit. The company said the new business unit is a step toward launching its WorldStreet Net, a P2P network of brokerages and financial investment institutions;

Porivo Technologies announced the launch of a pilot program for peerReview, its Web performance testing application. Porivo named six companies in the pilot program, including Gomez Inc., LavaNet, ProactiveNet, Replicon, and Utenzi;

Sun chief scientist Bill Joy announced the company’s entry into the P2P market with a talk on Sun’s Juxtapose initiative, an open-source project which will result in a software platform for developing P2P applications.

In related news, the Peer-to-Peer Working Group (P2PWG), which is working to develop infrastructure standards for P2P computing, filled 13 positions. The working group was created last year, with P2P evangelist Bob Knighten of Intel as founding chairman.

The Group Steering Committee will be chaired by Brian Morrow of Endeavors Technology. The committee includes representatives from Applied MetaComputing, Engenia, Entropia and Intel. The Technical Architecture Council will be chaired by Bob Knighten of Intel, and the council consists of representatives from Applied MetaComputing, Endeavors Technology, NextPage, OpenDesign, and United Devices.