Measurement and Analysis of BitTorrent Signaling Traffic

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): David Erman, Dragos Ilie, Adrian Popescu, Arne A. Nilsson
Title: Measurement and Analysis of BitTorrent Signaling Traffic
Conference name: NTS17
Year: 2004
City: Oslo
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Engineering - Dept. of Telecommunication Systems (Sektionen för teknik – avd. för telekommunikationssystem)
School of Engineering S- 372 25 Ronneby
+46 455 38 50 00
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Language: English
Abstract: BitTorrent is a second generation Peer-to-Peer application that has been
recently developed as an alternative to the classical client-server model to
reduce the load burden on content servers and networks. The protocol relies on
the use of swarming techniques for distributing content. No search functionality
is built into the protocol, and the signaling is geared only towards an
efficient dissemination of data. The paper reports on measurement and analysis
of BitTorrent traffic collected at the Blekinge Institute of Technology (BIT),
Karlskrona, Sweden. We measure and analyze data from local BitTorrent client
sessions at BIT. The characteristics of the signaling traffic exchanged among
the participating peers in a BitTorrent distribution swarm are investigated. A
dedicated approach based on combining instrumentation at the application layer
with flow identification and extraction at the transport layer is used for
traffic measurements.
Subject: Computer Science\Networks and Communications
Telecommunications\Modelling of Bursty Traffics
Keywords: Peer-to-Peer, BitTorrent, Signaling, Traffic Measurements, Analysis