Project SAXTA: An Eco-Friendly Distribution Network to View Earth Data
Project SAXTA (the acronym SAXTA is derived from SAtellite JXTAâ„¢) is a new, open network dedicated to the sharing of high-resolution NASA Earth observation data sets such as Landsat and ASTER data. SAXTA is using a decentralized JXTA P2P network architecture that enables users, Earth science scientists, and educators all over the world to freely access and share Earth data without requiring NASA to host a massive centralized infrastructure to serve content. SAXTA architecture really paves the way for a new generation of eco-friendly distribution network that will help reduce CO2 emissions. When looking for a content, the SAXTA network can determine the closest path to a copy of the content to reduce the number of hops packets have to go through and minimize overall packet processing and traffic. MSN and Google's Earth may want to take a closer look at what NASA and the SAXTA folks are building.
To join the SAXTA network click here.
As a side note, the same eco-friendly JXTA P2P technology used by SAXTA is also powering Sun's Glassfish appserver clustering product :-)