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OpenDHT is a publicly accessible distributed hash table (DHT) service. In contrast to the usual DHT model, clients of OpenDHT do not need to run a DHT node in order to use the service. Instead, they can issue put and get operations to any DHT node, which processes the operations on their behalf. No credentials or accounts are required to use the service, and the available storage is fairly shared across all active clients.

This service model of DHT usage greatly simplifies deploying client applications. By using OpenDHT as a highly-available naming and storage service, clients can ignore the complexities of deploying and maintaining a DHT and instead concentrate on developing more sophisticated distributed applications.

OpenDHT’s simple put-get interface is accessible over both Sun RPC and XML RPC. As such, the service is easy to access from virtually every programming language and from behind almost all NATs and firewalls.

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