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Two established groups push for global standards and best practice

Two industry-leading organisations today announced that they are joining forces to ensure that standards and best practices for Distributed Resource Management (DRM) and Peer-to-Peer (P2P) computing will be homogenous throughout the world. As a result of this agreement the New Productivity Initiative (NPi) and the Peer-to-Peer Working Group (P2PWG), both established in the fourth quarter of 2000, will become members of each other’s respective organisations. The move to offer joint membership is seen as an important step forward for both groups, as each has complementary goals. NPi is working to create a standard for DRM and the P2PWG is fostering best practice for the advancement and development of interoperability in peer-to-peer computing.

Brian Morrow, Chair of the P2PWG comments, “NPi and the P2P Working Group are naturally complementary. NPI is making an important contribution in the development of a standard for DRM. With their participation in the P2PWG, the group can benefit directly from their work. NPI will provide P2PWG with an understanding of many of the requirements of P2P developers.”

“NPi is an open standards effort that includes any and all who are interested in participating,” said Ian Baird, Chairman of NPi. “The inclusion of the P2PWG is a natural. Our joint efforts to drive industry best practices and standards are certain to enhance the outcome of both organisations. We’re delighted that an important industry group, such as the P2PWG, has recognised the valuable work that NPi has begun by supporting it through joint membership.”


About the New Productivity Initiative

The New Productivity Initiative is an open, industry led working group, of users, hardware and software vendors, and service providers who are committed to a powerful vision of the future and a technology standard that enables it. NPi Inc. is dedicated to defining and developing an industry specification reference model and a layered set of open APIs for DRM. For more information on the initiative, an open invitation to participate and progress towards the standard, visit http://www.newproductivity.org.

NPI Members include: ANSYS Inc., Aurema, Blackstone Technology Group, Cadence Design Systems, Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CLRC), Compaq Computer, Hewlett-Packard Company, Platform Computing, SGI, TeraPort, CGG, Fluent and the Peer-to-Peer Working Group.


About the Peer-to-Peer Working Group

The Peer-to-Peer Working Group (P2PWG) was created to facilitate and accelerate the advancement of peer-to-peer computing and the peer-to-peer community at-large. The purpose of the P2PWG is to develop best practices that enable interoperability among peer-to-peer applications. The P2PWG welcomes all levels of participation. Individuals, students, academics, government organisations, and companies looking to learn more about how to join the Peer-to-Peer Working Group, should visit http://www.p2pwg.org for information.

P2PWG members include: Alliance Consulting, Avaki Corporation (formerly known as Applied MetaComputing, Inc.), BIAP Systems Inc., Bright Station PLC, CCL/ITRI, CenterSpan Communications Corp., Consilient, Inc.,Datasynapse, Endeavors Technology, Engenia Software, Inc., Entropia, Inc., EventXperts, LLC, Fujitsu PC Corporation, Global Network Computers, GridNode, Inc., Groove Networks, Hewlett Packard, Information Architects, Intel Corporation, Invisible Worlds, J.D. Edwards, Mobular Technologies (formerly known as Science Communications), NetMount, NPI (New Productivity Initiative), NextPage, Inc., OpenCola, Inc., OpenDesign, Inc., O'Reilly & Associates , Outhink, Inc., PeerGlobal Technologies, Inc., Proksim Software, Inc., Sony, Static Online, Symbiant Group, Texar Corporation 3Path, United Devices and XDegrees, Inc.

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