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Intel: peer-to-peer a life preserver

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Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel, kicked off the firm's Autumn Developer Forum today in a keynote speech focusing on e-business and peer-to-peer integration.

Introduced to the tune of old Who 60's hit My Generation, modified to E-Generation, Barrett said that the main challenge was for different players to present a seamless picture to end users.

Barrett said that there is no real competition between wireless and wired devices, and that we will see more cooperation between different vendors from the two camps.

Building scaleable infrastructures for large corporations moving their business models is another challenge facing the industry, he said, so pushing Intel's new role as a "building block" company.

Barrett also talked about peer-to-peer computing, in a similar fashion to Pat Gelsinger when he spoke to the press yesterday.

There will be further announcements about developments in peer-to-peer computing Thursday, he said.

While Napster was the most obvious example of an application that used "beer-to-beer" (sic), computing.

Barret introduced an executive from Applied Meta Computing who demonstrated a system used by Boeing. Complexities included machines from different vendors which linked to other organisations and all working together on air flow testing. The network includes everything from workstations to super computers. It's a little like the Seti project, isn't it?

The challenges of security and complex are tractable and do-able, said Barrett. Peer to peer computing is the new wave of technology, he said, and represents the "modular Internet".

Cooperation between vendors who even competed with each other is necessary to produce a horizontal solution.

"Our customers are looking for life preservers and what they care about is whether the life preserver floats," he said. ®

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