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A Peer-to-Peer, or P2P, architecture is based on the concept of distributed and individually managed computers cooperating on an ad hoc basis to share resources like files, computation cycles, or network bandwidth. There is no central authority managing or coordinating the resource sharing. P2P protocols can be a highly efficient and reliable mechanism for resource sharing.

 File sharing is a very popular application of the P2P architecture, and there are a number of programs that facilitate this function. This easy access to content and resources on the Internet can saturate, i.e. fully consume, the campus Internet connection. In addition, P2P applications like Bit Torrent, Direct Connect, and eMule make it very easy for an individual to consume a disproportionate amount of bandwidth. Because of this, traffic classified as Peer-to-Peer is limited to 30 Mbps for the entire campus.
 
Be sure that you are not sharing copyrighted materials using Peer to Peer software.