Looking to build on its success with Java, Sun Microsystems said it is developing a software platform for P2P (peer-to-peer) computing that it hopes will provide a common base for writing distributed applications.
Speaking at the O'Reilly Peer-to-Peer Conference, Bill Joy, chief scientist for Sun, said the platform, called Juxtapose, will be an addition to Sun's growing family of Web-based programming languages which include Java and Jini.
"We wanted to see if we could take some of these ideas and come up with a common core we could imagine using for some of the P2P projects we want to work on at Sun," Joy said, speaking to attendees on the second day of the conference.
Sun's goal is to provide an initial, simple code layer that will allow other vendors to build applications for P2P computing that interoperate with each other, he said.
A team of developers at Sun has been working on Juxtapose, or "Juxta" as Joy called it, for six months to a year. In April, the company will host an online conference for software developers where it will try to generate interest in the technology by taking feedback from developers and expanding on its plans, he said.
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