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An efficient selection algorithm for building a super-peer overlay

Meirong Liu*, Erkki Harjula and Mika Ylianttila

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Media Team Oulu research group, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland

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Journal of Internet Services and Applications 2013, 4:4  doi:10.1186/1869-0238-4-4

Published: 27 February 2013

Abstract

Super-peer overlay provides an efficient way to run applications by exploring the heterogeneity of nodes in a Peer-to-Peer overlay network. Identifying nodes with high capacity as super-peers plays an important role in improving the performance of P2P applications, such as live streaming. In this paper, we present a super-peer selection algorithm (SPS) to select super-peers for quickly building a super-peer overlay. In the SPS, each peer periodically builds its set of super-peer candidates through gossip communication with its neighbors, in order to select super-peers and client peers. Simulation results demonstrate that the SPS is efficient in selecting super-peers, and in quickly building a super-peer overlay. The proposed SPS also possesses good scalability and robustness to failure of super-peers.

Keywords:
Peer-to-Peer; Super-peer; Overlay; Gossip