April 12, 2001

What Gnutella has in common with human interaction

Author: JT Smith

From missingmatter.net: "Today I realized that interpersonal human networks and Gnutella share
much in common in the way of architecture. We've all seen it happen in real
life: 'let me introduce you to this guy.' Through a constantly-updated list
of contacts, humans pass requests on to each other; when a match is
found, the requester and the provider make a direct connection. A larger
number of first-order contacts (connections) increases the chance that a
proper match will be found in the least number of 'degrees of separation'."
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