Dissecting BitTorrent: Five months in a torrent's lifetime

M. Izal, Guillaume Urvoy-Keller, Ernst Biersack, Pascal Felber, Anwar Al Hamra & Luis Garces-Erice

Résumé Popular content such as software updates is requested by a large number of users. Traditionally, to satisfy a large number of requests, lager server farms or mirroring are used, both of which are expensive. An inexpensive alternative are peer-to-peer based replication systems, where users who retrieve the file, act simultaneously as clients and servers. In this paper, we study BitTorrent, a new and already very popular peer-to-peer application that allows distribution of very large contents to a large set of hosts. Our analysis of BitTorrent is based on measurements collected on a five months long period that involved thousands of peers. We assess the performance of the algorithms used in BitTorrent through several metrics. Our conclusions indicate that BitTorrent is a realistic and inexpensive alternative to the classical server-based content distribution.
Citation M. Izal, et al., "Dissecting BitTorrent: Five months in a torrent's lifetime," in 5th International Workshop on Passive and Active Network Measurement, Juan les Pins, FRANCE, 2004, p. 1-11.
Type Actes de congrès (Anglais)
Editeur C Barakat, I Pratt
Nom de la conférence 5th International Workshop on Passive and Active Network Measurement (Juan les Pins, FRANCE)
Date de la conférence 2004
Editeur commercial Springer-Verlag Berlin
Pages 1-11