Peering Peer-to-Peer Providers

Hari Balakrishnan, Scott Shenker, Michael Walfish
4th International Workshop on Peer-to-Peer Systems (IPTPS '05), Ithaca, NY, February 2005

The early peer-to-peer applications eschewed commercial arrangements and instead established a grass-roots model in which the collection of end-users provided their own distributed computational infrastructure. While this cooperative end-user approach works well in many application settings, it does not provide a sufficiently stable platform for certain peer-to-peer applications (e.g., DHTs as a building block for network services). Assuming such a stable platform isn't freely provided by a benefactor (such as NSF), we must ask whether DHTs could be deployed in a competitive commercial environment. The key issue is whether a multiplicity of DHT services can coordinate to provide a single coherent DHT service, much the way ISPs peer to provide a completely connected Internet. In this paper, we describe various approaches for DHT peering and discuss some of the related performance and incentive issues.

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Bibtex Entry:

   author =       "Hari Balakrishnan and Scott Shenker and Michael Walfish",
   title =        "{Peering Peer-to-Peer Providers}",
   booktitle =    {4th International Workshop on Peer-to-Peer Systems (IPTPS '05)},
   year =         {2005},
   month =        {February},
   address =      {Ithaca, NY}