Modeling and performance analysis of BitTorrent-like peer-to-peer networks

Dongyu Qiu, R. Srikant

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In this paper, we develop simple models to study the performance of BitTorrent, a second generation peer-to-peer (P2P) application. We first present a simple fluid model and study the scalability, performance and efficiency of such a file-sharing mechanism. We then consider the built-in incentive mechanism of BitTorrent and study its effect on network performance. We also provide numerical results based on both simulations and real traces obtained from the Internet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-377
Number of pages11
JournalComputer Communication Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2004
EventACM SIGCOMM 2004: Conference on Computer Communications - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Aug 30 2004Sep 3 2004


  • Fluid Model
  • Game Theory
  • Peer-to-Peer Networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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