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This paper presents the state of the art research achieved in resource sharing systems, and the application of such research in the highly promising field of pervasive computing. We discuss different resource sharing systems including peer to peer computing, utility computing, cluster computing, autonomic computing and grid computing, as well as their field of applications. We subsequently illustrate how such systems along with their applications can be adopted in a pervasive computing environment. We also present the open spaces architecture which utilizes many of the previously mentioned technologies for application in the field of pervasive computing.