19 Million Euro for P2P research
The European Union is funding a P2P research project called P2P-Next. The EU pays 14Mâ¬ to P2P-Next, the remaining 5Mâ¬ is donated by the 21 project partners.
The Tribler team will contribute their 2-year long operational P2P experience to P2P-Next. We secured additional funding for 2008-2012 to do more research into P2P and to enhance Tribler.
As the biggest P2P-Next partner (in terms of man years) we are responsible for crafting and building the next-generation of P2P technology. It will be an academically pure architecture: no central servers will be needed, combined with Bittorrent backwards compatibility. Within a year we hope to release to the public: Live Playlists (a P2P-version of RSS feeds to enable user-generated metadata), Wiki-style moderation, and a reputation system for spam-prevention plus sharing ratio enforcement.
We are pleased to be part of P2P-Next. It includes very strong partners such as the BBC and is commited to Open Source, full details can be found in the press release below.
Official press release
European research project to shape next generation internet TV
Brussels, 19 February 2008 - P2P-Next, a pan-European conglomerate of 21 industrial partners, media content providers and research institutions, has received a â¬14 million grant from the European Union. The grant will enable the conglomerate to carry out a research project aiming to identify the potential uses of peer-to-peer (P2P) technology for Internet Television of the future. The partners,* including the BBC, Delft University of Technology, the European Broadcasting Union, Lancaster University, Markenfilm, Pioneer Digital Design Centre Limited and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, intend to develop a Europe-wide ânext-generationâ internet television distribution system, based on P2P and social interaction.
Luis RodrÃguez-RosellÃ³, Head of Unit of Networked Media at the European Union, stresses his satisfaction for the launching of the new R&D project P2P-Next.
Dr. Pouwelse from Delft University of Technology the P2P-Next scientific director:
The complete list of Partners
What is Peer-to-Peer (P2P) technology
P2P provides an alternative to the traditional client/server architecture of computer networks and signifies the next big step in the evolution of internet media delivery. While employing the existing broadband networks, each participating computer, referred to as peer, functions as both a client and a server for a given application. A P2P network enables the sharing of content files or streams with audio, video and data content. Today it is considered increasingly as a potentially efficient and reliable mechanism for distributing any media to the general public worldwide.
P2P-Next in a nutshell
P2P-Next will develop an open source, efficient, trusted, personalized, user-centric and participatory television and media delivery mechanism with social and collaborative connotations using the emerging P2P paradigm, which takes into account the existing EU legal framework.