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Bootstrapping in Gnutella: A Preliminary Measurement Study

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Bootstrapping in Gnutella: A Preliminary
Measurement Study
Pradnya Karbhari, Mostafa Ammar, Amogh Dhamdhere, Himanshu Raj, George Riley, Ellen Zegura
E­mail: fpradnya@cc, ammar@cc, amogh@cc, rhim@cc, riley@ece, ewz@ccg.gatech.edu
College of Computing Tech Report Number GIT­CC­03­35
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA­30332
May 2003
To join an unstructured peer­to­peer network like Gnutella,
peers have to execute a bootstrapping function in which they dis­
cover other on­line peers and connect to them. Until this boot­
strapping step is complete, a peer cannot participate in file sharing
activities. Once bootstrapping is complete, a peer's experience is
strongly influenced by the choice of neighbor peers resulting from
the bootstrapping step. Despite its importance, there has been very
little attention devoted to understanding the behavior of this boot­
strapping function. In this paper, we study the bootstrapping pro­
cess of a peer in the Gnutella network. This is a preliminary in­
vestigation, consisting of 1) an analysis and performance compar­


Source: Ammar, Mostafa - College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences