Article | Computer Communications | February 2008

Bandwidth Allocation in Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Networks

by Albert Creus Mir, Ramon Casadesus-Masanell and Andres Hervas-Drane


We present a model of bandwidth allocation in a stylized peer-to-peer file sharing network. Given an arbitrary population of peers composed of sharers and freeriders, where all peers interconnect to maximize their allocated bandwidth, we derive the expected bandwidth obtained by sharers and freeriders. We show that sharers are always better off than freeriders and that the difference decreases as the size of the network grows. This paper constitutes a first step towards providing a general analytical foundation for resource allocation in peer-to-peer networks.

Keywords: Technology Networks; Resource Allocation;


Creus Mir, Albert, Ramon Casadesus-Masanell, and Andres Hervas-Drane. "Bandwidth Allocation in Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Networks." Computer Communications 31, no. 2 (February 2008): 257–265.