Bittorrent is an auction: analyzing and improving bittorrent's incentives

@inproceedings{Levin2008BittorrentIA,
  title={Bittorrent is an auction: analyzing and improving bittorrent's incentives},
  author={Dave Levin and Katrina LaCurts and Neil Spring and Bobby Bhattacharjee},
  booktitle={SIGCOMM},
  year={2008}
}
Incentives play a crucial role in BitTorrent, motivating users to upload to others to achieve fast download times for all peers. Though long believed to be robust to strategic manipulation, recent work has empirically shown that BitTorrent does not provide its users incentive to follow the protocol. We propose an auction-based model to study and improve upon BitTorrent's incentives. The insight behind our model is that BitTorrent uses, not tit-for-tat as widely believed, but an auction to… CONTINUE READING
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