Peer-to-peer (P2P) is a network architecture in which each node (computer) acts as both a client and a server. This means that each node can share its resources, such as files, processing power, or storage space, with other nodes on the network.

P2P networks are often used for file sharing, but they can also be used for other purposes, such as:

Some examples of P2P networks include:

P2P networks have a number of advantages over traditional client-server networks, including:

However, P2P networks also have some disadvantages, including: