JXTA is an open, generalized peer-to-peer platform that allows any connected device on the network to communicate and collaborate. JXTA can be applied across multiple platforms including the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE), Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME), C platform, PERL, Python, Ruby and TINI and accessed by any device on the network including cell phones, two-way pagers, electronic sensors, PDAs, desktop computers and servers. It was developed by Sun Microsystems and released to the community in April 2001.
As an open source effort, Project JXTA has benefited greatly from the significant and numerous contributions of the active JXTA.org community. Nearly 10,000 registered members of the JXTA.org community actively contribute to the technology and thousands more are investigating and working with JXTA.
The Web-based collaborative environment of JXTA.org provided by CollabNet has been instrumental in bringing the JXTA community together to work on approximately 80 known JXTA-based projects. These projects include: ipeers - artificial intelligence for P2P networks, Voice-Over P2P and Edutella - a P2P network of 20 universities.
"JXTA P2P technology has provided a great platform to underpin Satella, our satellite data sharing tool being developed by Science Systems and Applications, Inc (SSAI), the Code 922 Terrestrial Information Systems Branch at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and the University of Maryland," said Dr. Christopher Justice, Professor of Geography at the University of Maryland, College Park.
"The Earth Science community is definitely looking for new, innovative methods for reducing the cost, complexity, and centralization of its data systems, and JXTA technology provides a strong base for us to deliver on this promise. The fact that JXTA's protocols and implementations are open-source means our product will be able to grow and evolve as fast as the community does."
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