A system and method for data distribution is disclosed. A bulletin board is employed to maintain a list of requests from nodes in the system. The requests indicate data requested and identify the node making the request. Nodes are able to post requests for data as long as they maintain a minimum performance level. Additionally, the nodes periodically check in with the bulletin board and receive the list of requests from the bulletin board. On determining to satisfy a particular request by a node, the node (serving node) contacts a requesting node (identified in the request) and transfers the requested data to the requesting node. After successful completion of the transfer, the requesting node reports to the bulletin board that the node has filled the request and the request is removed from the list of requests.