How does JMS compare to peer-to-peer distributed computing?

Jerry Smith

The term peer-to-peer is used in a variety of ways in distributed and network computing. One usage, at the application level, is to describe a distributed application scenario in with each distributed component potentially interacts with every other distributed component and maintains a network reference (access) to each component (using any of several mechanisms to do so, for example, via Enterprise JavaBeans and EJB servers resident on each network host, via simple RMI-based communication among applications, and so on).

With JMS, distributed components interact with the JMS broker via destinations (topics and queues), which then disseminates messages to the registered clients; thus, distributed components do not have to know (and manage) each others' network locations. As for the JMS middleware, it can use (behind the scenes) any of several network topologies, for example, bus, ring, hierarchical, fully connected (peer-to-peer), star (hub-and-spoke), or others, including hybrids.

Messaging systems are peer-to-peer distributed systems in the sense that, at least potentially, every (registered) client can communicate with every other (registered) client.