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Evolutionary Game Theory-Based Evaluation of P2P File-Sharing Systems in Heterogeneous Environments

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Author(s): Yusuke Matsuda | Masahiro Sasabe | Tetsuya Takine

Journal: International Journal of Digital Multimedia Broadcasting
ISSN 1687-7578

Volume: 2010;
Date: 2010;
Original page

ABSTRACT
Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file sharing is one of key technologies for achieving attractive P2P multimedia social networking. In P2P file-sharing systems, file availability is improved by cooperative users who cache and share files. Note that file caching carries costs such as storage consumption and processing load. In addition, users have different degrees of cooperativity in file caching and they are in different surrounding environments arising from the topological structure of P2P networks. With evolutionary game theory, this paper evaluates the performance of P2P file sharing systems in such heterogeneous environments. Using micro-macro dynamics, we analyze the impact of the heterogeneity of user selfishness on the file availability and system stability. Further, through simulation experiments with agent-based dynamics, we reveal how other aspects, for example, synchronization among nodes and topological structure, affect the system performance. Both analytical and simulation results show that the environmental heterogeneity contributes to the file availability and system stability.

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Tangokurs Rapperswil-Jona

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