Peer-to-peer architecture case study: Gnutella network

TitlePeer-to-peer architecture case study: Gnutella network
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsRipeanu, M.
Conference NamePeer-to-Peer Computing, 2001. Proceedings. 1st International Conference on
Pagination99 -100
Date Publishedaug.
Keywordscomputer network reliability, crawler, Gnutella network, Internet, network traffic, open architecture, open systems, overlay network topology, peer-to-peer architecture, performance, protocols, reliability, routing mechanisms, scalability, telecommunication network routing, topology graph, virtual network

Despite recent excitement generated by the P2P paradigm and despite surprisingly fast deployment of some P2P applications, there are few quantitative evaluations of P2P system behavior. Due to its open architecture and achieved scale, Gnutella is an interesting P2P architecture case study. Gnutella, like most other P2P applications, builds at the application level a virtual network with its own routing mechanisms. The topology of this overlay network and the routing mechanisms used have a significant influence on application properties such as performance, reliability, and scalability. We built a 'crawler' to extract the topology of Gnutella's application level network, we analyze the topology graph and evaluate generated network traffic. We find that although Gnutella is not a pure power-law network, its current configuration has the benefits and drawbacks of a power-law structure. These findings lead us to propose changes to the Gnutella protocol and implementations that bring significant performance and scalability improvements


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