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The Chord project explored how to build scalable, robust distributed systems
using peer-to-peer ideas. The basis for much of our work is the
distributed hash lookup primitive. Chord is completely decentralized
and symmetric, and can find data using only log(N) messages, where
N is the number of nodes in the system.
Chord's lookup mechanism is provably robust in the face of
frequent node failures and re-joins.
On top of Chord's routing layer, we have built the DHash block storage system.
DHash provides a simple put and get interface to store and retrieve
objects. Recent research has focused on developing algorithms to
efficiently maintain replicas
of these objects over long periods to provide
availability and durability.
Systems we have prototyped that use Chord and DHash include
File System), UsenetDHT, and OverCite.
CFS allows anyone to publish and update
their own file system, and provides read-only access to others;
UsenetDHT allows Usenet servers to share storage instead of fully
replicating articles locally; OverCite is a distributed version
of the CiteSeer digital library.
These systems all takes advantage of Chord and DHash to
distribute the load of serving data very widely to achieve high
performance despite flash crowds. DHash abstracts the process of
replicating data and maintaining that replication as nodes fail and
re-join the system.
At this point no official release for Chord is available. This source repository contains the complete development history.
This version is experimental, and no longer under active development, and is probably broken. The Chord HOWTO describes in more detail how to
download and compile the software. The codebase is licensed under an
We gratefully acknowledge funding for Chord from DARPA and the
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR), San Diego, under
contract N66001-00-1-8933 which also funded the RON project. Chord was also
supported by LCS's Project Oxygen
and NTT. Some of our developers were funded by the
Most of our funding came from Project IRIS.