The case for ISP deployment of super-peers in P2P networks

Sumeet Singh, Sriram Ramabhadran, Florin Baboescu and Alex Snoeren
April 15, 2003

Peer-to-peer systems like KaZaa use the notion of super-peers to improve search performance. In this paper, we analyze the impact of Internet Service Providers deploying these super-peers in the ir networks. The principle benefits for ISPs are the ability to perform P2P traffic engineering and to push content directly to the users, both of which translate into economic value for the ISPs. The benefit for end users is improved search performance. We propose and evaluate a technique called Topic-based Search Optimization that can be used by super-peers to improve search performance.

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