Modelling Real P2P Networks: The Effect of Altruism

@article{Vassilakis2007ModellingRP,
  title={Modelling Real P2P Networks: The Effect of Altruism},
  author={Dimitrios K. Vassilakis and Vasilis Vassalos},
  journal={Seventh IEEE International Conference on Peer-to-Peer Computing (P2P 2007)},
  year={2007},
  pages={19-26}
}
We develop a model of the interaction of rational peers in an incentive-free peer-to-peer (P2P) network and use game theoretic analysis to derive results about peer and network behavior. We calculate and discuss Nash equilibria and predict peer behavior in terms of individual contribution. At the heart of our model is altruism, an intrinsic parameter reflecting peers inherent willingness to contribute. Two different approaches for modelling altruistic behavior and its attendant benefit are… CONTINUE READING
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