On the locality of bittorrent-based video file swarming

Haiyang Wang, Jiangchuan Liu, Ke Xu

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In the past few years, there have been tremendous interest in the peer-to-peer(P2P) content delivery. Although this communication paradigm does not need a dedicated server infrastructure, it dramatically increases the traffic over inter-ISP links. In particular, the most popular P2P application, BitTorrent(BT) generates a huge amount of traffic on the Internet. To address this challenge, P2P locality has been examined, which explores the access to local resources to optimize the inter-ISP traffic. However, most of these approaches have focused on a global strategy, and attempted to change the peer selection mechanism, which potentially affects the random topology of BT and thus reduces its robustness. The content and the peer diversities are seldom discussed, particularly the video file swarms of distinct characteristics. In this paper, we for the first time examine the different BT contents and peer properties in regards to the locality issues through a large-scale measurement. We demonstrate the distinct characteristics of video file swarms, and find that the distribution of the AS clusters (a set of peers belonging to the same AS) follows the Mandelbrot-zipf law. Our results also suggest that the peer in a few ASes are more likely to form large AS clusters and most ASes on the Internet do not have enough potential for locality. Therefore, a global locality approach may not be our best choice. We then address the problem through a selective locality approach based on a novel peer prediction method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event8th International Workshop on Peer-to-Peer Systems, IPTPS 2009 - Boston, United States
Duration: Apr 21 2009 → …


Conference8th International Workshop on Peer-to-Peer Systems, IPTPS 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Period4/21/09 → …

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