In my previous post, I expressed some concerns about how the Internet of Things will organize itself. My opinion is that its distributed nature should be enforced from the start.

Distributed systems are harder to grasp than centralized ones, so I wanted to showcase the use of a fully decentralized infrastructure to make all these so-called Things communicate together.

All we need is will

During my search for technologies to use, I ended up with the conclusion that everything is lying there, open-sourced, ready to use and modify to fit our needs.

That is not a surprise per se, but discovering the Twister project reduced my estimated coding time of a few weeks or months to a mere two days.

The main reason is that Twister combines Bitcoin and Bittorrent technologies, and also provides a model for microblogging, that fits nicely with the publish/subscribe model of MQTT.

The project

It’s available at this GitHub respository.

And yes, it’s (currently) a single Python script of 200+ lines.

Sorry for the code style and quality, my experience with Python is minimal, so any advice and contribution is welcome. Setting what is required to run a full test is a bit tedious, though.

Hope you’ll like it anyway.

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11 May 2014