Scalability and Efficiency of Push-Driven P2PTV Systems

Cyril Cassagnes, Damien Magoni, Hyunseok Chang, Wenjie Wang, Sugih Jamin


Television transmitted over IP (IPTV) presents numerousopportunities for users as well as service providers, and has attracted significant interest from industry as well asresearch communities in recent years. Among the emergingIPTV delivery architectures, the peer-to-peer based deliverymechanism is considered attractive due to the relative ease of service deployment and potential bandwidth savings. However, the question of how well P2PTV networks would support a growing number of users has not been fully investigated so far. In this paper, we try to address this question by studying scalability and efficiency factors in a typical P2P based live streaming network. Through the use of the data provided by a production P2PTV network, we carry out simulations whose results show that there are still hurdles to overcome before P2P based live streaming could become widely deployed.


Terms—P2PTV, overlay network, peer churn, peer selection

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