Think Tank Session
"P2P: The Next Generation of Pervasive Technology"
TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2001
8:00am - 3:00pm
By invitation only. No fee. See below for possible participation.
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At the Center's invitation-only Think Tank Session, 25 thought leaders will represent established and
innovative smaller companies involved in the P2P space. During this fully-facilitated Session, participants
will brainstorm and contribute to a discussion on the future 9- to 12-month P2P market opportunities for
the enterprise with a focus on:
* Enterprise P2P applications for today and tomorrow.
* The expansion of P2P into pervasive/embedded computing.
Presentations will be delivered, followed by the opportunity to build and exchange knowledge. Those
attending benefit by gaining insights into upcoming market developments and networking with fellow
executives for business opportunities.
This Session will be facilitated by Mr. George Sidman, Chair, Technology Council & Think Tank
Facilitator, Silicon Valley World Internet Center; President, Monterey Network Center.
P2P WORKING DEFINITION
For the purposes of this Think Tank Session, the following P2P definition will be used. P2P refers to
networks of collaborating machines in which one or more of the following characteristics are prominent:
* The network relies on the active collaboration of edge-of-the-net devices (i.e.,
end-user PCs, cell-phones, PDAs, game boxes). That is, the peers benefit
directly from the participation of other peers rather than just from the server.
* Participating machines in the network act in some sense as both clients and
* Users of a P2P application are aware of each other. That is, the P2P network
creates a sense of a crowd.
SESSION I: PRESENTATION & DISCUSSION: P2P FOR THE ENTERPRISE: MARKET OPPORTUNITIES, ISSUES &
CHALLENGES FOR TODAY & THE NEXT 12 - 18 MONTH MARKET
By Dr. Stephen L. Burbeck, Senior Technical Staff Member, Software Group Emerging Technologies, IBM Corporation
* How do enterprise users view P2P today? And, how will P2P expand into pervasive/embedded computing tomorrow?
* What kinds of new business opportunities exist in P2P computing that industries envision?
* What is or will be the main challenge to implementing a strategy for P2P in the enterprise? Other challenges?
* It is assumed that P2P will reduce costs and companies will be able to more efficiently tap the power of their own computing
resources. Is the efficient tapping of CPU power to reduce costs less important than the productivity gains of P2P collaboration, file
sharing, and instant messaging within the corporation?
* Nonetheless, will systems administration be an important issue?
SESSION II: PRESENTATION & DISCUSSION: P2P APPLICATIONS FOR THE ENTERPRISE
By Mr. Leon Guzenda, Chief Technology Officer, Objectivity
* What are the visions and expectations for P2P from enterprise users?
* What applications will enterprise users need/ask for most?
* Do you see new requirements/needs emerge over the next 12 months?
* What linkage exists between P2P applications and enterprise portals?
SESSION III: PRESENTATION & DISCUSSION: P2P AND PERVASIVE/EMBEDDED COMPUTING
* Today, P2P is primarily a PC phenomena. Will P2P become more important in the pervasive/embedded computing space?
* How will the evolution of P2P in the PC space influence the subsequent development in the pervasive space?
* In what ways will P2P expand into pervasive/embedded computing tomorrow?
SUMMARY & CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS
* What are the top challenges and opportunities for P2P for today & tomorrow, the next 12-18 months?
* Which types of companies are strategically placed to take advantage of these opportunities?
* What types of companies will need to emerge to fill P2P applications for PC and pervasive/embedded computing?
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
For further information on this program, contact:
Director of Programs