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Title: Closing the Generation Gap: Satisfying Servers, Providers, and Visitors of Hyper-Content
Author(s): Patel, Jay A.; Gupta, Indranil
Subject(s): Distributed Systems Peer-to-Peer Networking
Abstract: We consider the problem of building a robust and efficient infrastructure for hyper-content. Existing server-only architectures are susceptible to flash crowds, while other peer-to-peer (p2p) solutions may not yet be economically viable because of their voluntary model. We start with the assumption that any infrastructure has to satisfy three types of key players - the content provider, the server, and the visitor. Our solution allows the provider to specify a pricing function, optimizes resource usage and avoids flash crowds at the server, and keeps response times low for the visitor. The solution adapts at run-time in order to satisfy these requirements. With low visitor concurrency, our solution reduces to a server-only solution. With rising concurrency, more and more hyper-content gets distributed and shared out among visitors and providers. This leads us to believe that the "right" infrastructure for hyper-content may lie somewhere in between the current two extremes of server-only and p2p.
Issue Date: 2005-02
Genre: Technical Report
Type: Text
Other Identifier(s): UIUCDCS-R-2005-2513
Rights Information: You are granted permission for the non-commercial reproduction, distribution, display, and performance of this technical report in any format, BUT this permission is only for a period of 45 (forty-five) days from the most recent time that you verified that this technical report is still available from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Computer Science Department under terms that include this permission. All other rights are reserved by the author(s).
Date Available in IDEALS: 2009-04-17

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