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A Measurement Study of Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Systems Stefan Saroiu, P. Krishna Gummadi, Steven D. Gribble
 

Summary: A Measurement Study of Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Systems
Stefan Saroiu, P. Krishna Gummadi, Steven D. Gribble
Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA, 98195-2350
ABSTRACT
The popularity of peer-to-peer multimedia file sharing applications such as Gnutella and Napster has created a
flurry of recent research activity into peer-to-peer architectures. We believe that the proper evaluation of a peer-
to-peer system must take into account the characteristics of the peers that choose to participate. Surprisingly,
however, few of the peer-to-peer architectures currently being developed are evaluated with respect to such
considerations. In this paper, we remedy this situation by performing a detailed measurement study of the two
popular peer-to-peer file sharing systems, namely Napster and Gnutella. In particular, our measurement study
seeks to precisely characterize the population of end-user hosts that participate in these two systems. This
characterization includes the bottleneck bandwidths between these hosts and the Internet at large, IP-level
latencies to send packets to these hosts, how often hosts connect and disconnect from the system, how many
files hosts share and download, the degree of cooperation between the hosts, and several correlations between
these characteristics. Our measurements show that there is significant heterogeneity and lack of cooperation
across peers participating in these systems.
Keywords: Peer-to-Peer, Network Measurements, Wide-Area Systems, Internet Services, Broadband
1. INTRODUCTION
The popularity of peer-to-peer file sharing applications such as Gnutella and Napster has created a flurry of
recent research activity into peer-to-peer architectures.1­6

  

Source: Akella, Aditya - Department of Computer Sciences, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Anderson, Richard - Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington at Seattle
Gribble, Steve - Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington at Seattle
Pâris, Jehan-François - Department of Computer Science, University of Houston

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences