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News: updated 12/11/99

December 11, 1999

We have a new release, primarily for bugfixes. You can get it in the download section.

November 10, 1999

Note added to the download page for Windows people having trouble unpacking the files.

October 4, 1999

Nelson Minar is gave a talk at ASA/MA '99 about Hive.

October 2, 1999

First GPL release of Hive!
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Hive is a Java software platform for creating distributed applications. Using Hive, programmers can easily create systems that connect and use data from all over the Internet. At its heart, Hive is an environment for distributed agents to live, communicating and moving to fulfill applications. We are trying to make the Internet alive.

Hive is a general toolkit for building distributed systems. Here at The Media Lab we have been focusing primarily on using Hive as the software infrastructure for networking Things That Think. TTT is a research program here studying the implications of embedding computation and communication into objects in our everyday lives. Hive is being used by TTT researchers to support application-level networking of things like location sensors, kitchens, and ambient displays.

Hive is open source and free software, distributed under the GPL. We encourage you to download our software, try it out, and become part of the Hive community. The project is just now in the stage of growing outside the Media Lab. We hope to see the Hive network mature to thousands of hosts across the Internet.

To get started, we recommend you look at our academic overview paper, or go straight to the download page.


Last Modified: May 20, 2000
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