In this paper we adopt a simulation approach to study the performance of the BitTorrent protocol in terms of the entropy that qualifies a torrent and the structure of the overlay used to distribute the content. We find that the entropy of a torrent, defined as the diversity that characterizes the distribution of pieces of the content, plays an important role for the system to achieve optimal performance. We then relate the performance of BitTorrent with the characteristics of the distribution overlay built by the peers taking part in the torrent. Our results show that the number of connections a given peer maintains with other peers and the fraction of those connections initiated by the peer itself are key factors to sustain a high entropy, hence an optimal system performance. Those results were obtained for a realistic choice of torrent sizes and system parameters, under the assumption of a flash-crowd peer arrival pattern.
Impact of inner parameters and overlay structure on the performance of BitTorrent
GI 2006, 9th IEEE Global Internet Symposium 2006 in conjunction with IEEE Infocom 2006, 28-29 April 2006, Barcelona, Spain
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