Understanding Availability

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Understanding Availability
This paper addresses a simple, yet fundamental question in the design of peer-to-peer systems: What does it mean when we say “availability” and how does this understanding impact the engineering of practical systems? We argue that existing measurements and models do not capture the complex time-varying nature of availability in today’s peer-to-peer environments. Further, we show that unforeseen methodological shortcomings have dramatically biased previous analyses of this phenomenon. As the basis of our study, we empirically characterize the availability of a large peer-to-peer system over a period of 7 days, analyze the dependence of the underlying availability distributions, measure host turnover in the system, and discuss how these results may affect the design of high-availability peer-to-peer services.
Ranjita Bhagwan, Stefan Savage, Geoffrey M. Voelke
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Type Conference
Year 2003
Authors Ranjita Bhagwan, Stefan Savage, Geoffrey M. Voelker
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