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BitTorrent under a microscope: Towards static QoS provision in dynamic peer-to-peer networks

Authors Luan, T.H.
Shen, X.
Tsang, D.H.K. View this author's profile
Issue Date 2010
Source IEEE International Workshop on Quality of Service, IWQoS , 2010
Summary For peer-to-peer (P2P) networks continually to flourish, QoS provision is critical. However, the P2P networks are notoriously dynamic and heterogeneous. As a result, QoS provision in P2P networks is a challenging task with nodes of the varying and intermittent throughput. This raises a fundamental problem: is stable and delicate QoS provision achievable in the highly dynamic and heterogeneous P2P networks? In this work, we investigate BitTorrent (BT) with the particular interest in its QoS performance in the highly dynamic and heterogeneous network. Our contributions are two-fold. First, we develop an analytical model to examine a randomly selected BT node under a microscope. Based on the model, we study the mean and variance of nodal download rate in the dynamic network and the performance of BT in QoS provision under different levels of peer churns. Our analysis unveils that although BT strives to provide nodes with guaranteed throughput, due to the network dynamics, the download rates of the peers oscillate extraordinarily and can hardly converge to the target QoS as proposed in previous literature. Second, to improve the QoS provision, we propose an enhanced protocol incorporating with BT. The proposed protocol enables nodes to quickly and elaborately search their uploaders, and as a result, achieve guaranteed and stable QoS in the dynamic networks. Using both analysis and simulations, we validate the effectiveness of the proposed protocol in comparisons with the original BT.
ISSN 1548-615X
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