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BitTorrent suffers from one fundamental problem: the long-term availability of content. This occurs on a massive-scale with 38% of torrents becoming unavailable within the first month. In this paper we explore this problem by performing two large-scale measurement studies including 46K torrents and 29M users. The studies go significantly beyond any previous work by combining per-node, per-torrent and system-wide observations to ascertain the causes, characteristics and repercussions of file unavailability. The study confirms the conclusion from previous works that seeders have a significant impact on both performance and availability. However, we also present some crucial new findings: i the presence of seeders is not the sole factor involved in file availability, ii 23.5% of nodes that operate in seedless torrents can finish their downloads, and iii BitTorrent availability is discontinuous, operating in cycles of temporary unavailability. Due to our new findings, we consider it is important to revisit the solution space; to this end, we perform large-scale trace-based simulations to explore the potential of two abstract approaches.



Author: Sebastian Kaune; Ruben Cuevas Rumin; Gareth Tyson; Andreas Mauthe; Carmen Guerrero; Ralf Steinmetz

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