Do We Need Incentive Mechanisms for Peer-to-Peer Media Streaming ?

Peer-to-Peer (P2P) streaming can be extremely effective in alleviating the load on popular servers and proxies but only if there is a sufficient level of cooperation among the peers. Hence, the question is: do we need incentive mechanisms for P2P streaming? We quantify the cost of sharing and show that, unlike traditional file sharing systems, a streaming… CONTINUE READING