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Incentive Mechanisms in P2P Media Streaming Systems
September/October 2010 (vol. 14 no. 5)
pp. 74-81
Xiao Su, San Jose State University
Suchreet K. Dhaliwal, Cisco Systems
Free riding, whereby a peer utilizes network resources but doesn't contribute services, could have a huge impact on the efficacy of streaming systems, leading to scalability issues and service degradation. BitTorrent-like tit-for-tat mechanisms can't simply be tailored and used in streaming. Even though the free-riding problem is more severe in peer-to-peer (P2P) media streaming than in file sharing, the deployed systems still lack incentive schemes. Here, the authors categorize, analyze, and compare a range of incentive mechanisms proposed for P2P streaming systems and discuss the future research issues that must be addressed before these schemes can be deployed in practice.

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Index Terms:
peer-to-peer networks, P2P, media streaming, free riding, incentive mechanisms
Citation:
Xiao Su, Suchreet K. Dhaliwal, "Incentive Mechanisms in P2P Media Streaming Systems," IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 14, no. 5, pp. 74-81, Sept.-Oct. 2010, doi:10.1109/MIC.2010.119
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