POST: A secure, resilient cooerative messaging system

Alan Mislove
Ansley Post
Charles Reis
Paul Willmann
Peter Druschel
Dan S. Wallach
Xavier Bonnaire
Pierre Sens
Jean-Michel Busca
Luciana Arantes-Bezerra
POST is a decentralized messaging infrastructure that supports a wide range of collaborative applications, including electronic mail, instant messaging, chat, news, shared calendars and whiteboards. POST
is highly resilient, secure, scalable and does not rely on dedicated servers. Instead, POST is built upon a peer-to-peer (p2p) overlay network, consisting of participants' desktop computers. POST offers three simple and general services, namely (i) secure, single-copy message storage, (ii) metadata based on single-writer logs, and (iii) event notification. We sketch POST's basic messaging infrastructure and show how POST can be used to construct a cooperative, secure email service called ePOST.
9th Workshop on Hot Topics in Operating Systems (HotOS IX) (Lihue, Hawaii), May 2003.
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Dan Wallach, CS Department, Rice University
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