[NANOG] [Nanog] P2P traffic optimization Was: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics [Was: Re: ATT VP: Internet to hit capacity by 2010]

Michael Holstein michael.holstein at csuohio.edu
Thu Apr 24 13:30:39 UTC 2008

> ISP's have been very clear that they regard their network maps as being proprietary for many good reasons. The approach that P4P takes is to have an intermediate server (which we call an iTracker) that processes the network maps and provides abstracted guidance (lists of IP prefixes and percentages) to the p2p networks that allows them to figure out which peers are near each other. The iTracker can be run by the ISP or by a trusted third party, as the ISP prefers.

Won't this approach (using a ISP-managed intermediate) ultimately end up 
being co-opted by the lawyers for the various industry "interest groups" 
and thus be ignored by the p2p users?


Michael Holstein
Cleveland State University

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