Brief: Intel Backing Napster Model

SAN MATEO (08/14/2000) - The Napster Inc. model of peer-to-peer file sharing seems to have inspired Intel to apply similar technologies throughout a variety of applications. Pat Gelsinger, CTO of Intel Corp., is due to announce the chipmaker's plans to support file sharing for a wide range of both corporate and personal data at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), to be held later this month in San Jose, Calif. Although the exact nature of the announcement has yet to be revealed, a representative at Intel confirmed that the vendor will encourage industry developers to aggressively adopt the file-sharing approach in its still-nascent days of development. To spur on the peer-to-peer revolution, Intel wants to encourage the early adoption of policies and standards regarding file-swapping techniques. Gelsinger will give demonstrations of current applications of peer-to-peer technologies at IDF, the Intel representative said.

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