Free Riding on Gnutella

  title={Free Riding on Gnutella},
  author={Eytan Adar and Bernardo A. Huberman},
  journal={First Monday},
An extensive analysis of user traffic on Gnutella shows a significant amount of free riding in the system. By sampling messages on the Gnutella network over a 24-hour period, we established that almost 70% of Gnutella users share no files, and nearly 50% of all responses are returned by the top 1% of sharing hosts. Furthermore, we found out that free riding is distributed evenly between domains, so that no one group contributes significantly more than others, and that peers that volunteer to… 

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