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When we launched the NERDS> II network in September last year, we demonstrated how video technology should be implemented on the Internet, via the use of a single point of access.

We're continuing our trials with volunteers from the existing community, however, we don't have the bandwidth or server capacity to support much beyond two thousand active users.

If you have experience with real time or distributed systems, we are cycling about 100 users each month, so you can see the demo in action. We value any ideas for further development or improvement.

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 Project: ANT - www.nerds.co.uk/ant/ Subscribe?  
CodeName: ANT
Description: A Peer to Peer Groupware Client & Personal Information Manager
Project Stage: Specification & Modelling

Abstract: I define a secure and robust network of peer to peer nodes. Each node can represent one or many users. The nodes are clustered together dynamically in the creation of virtually simulated intranets. The network of nodes facilitate groupware messaging and sharing facilities, with built in unified personal information management, without the aid of an application service provider. Each node provides a single point of access, accessible to each user from any inter-connected network, i.e. the Internet.

The setup or operation of a node should require no understanding or system training on behalf of users, with reference to the peer to peer network topology - not even for advanced users. This lack of user customisation will better enable the network to maintain/ensure reliability, and security, with the ability to set the network’s own limits and constraints on the users. Each user need only interact with their tasks, with their colleagues and peers...

Note: ANT is solely owned by Kyle Lamb, or esteemed editor & chieftain ;)

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