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Characterizing the file hosting ecosystem: A view from the edge
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Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science, Database and information techniques.
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2011 (English)In: Performance evaluation (Print), ISSN 0166-5316, Vol. 68, no 11, 1085-1102 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We present a comprehensive, longitudinal characterization study of the file hosting ecosystem using HTTP traces collected from a large campus network over a one-year period. We performed detailed multi-level analysis of the usage behavior, infrastructure properties, content characteristics, and user-perceived performance of the top five services in terms of traffic volume, namely RapidShare, Megaupload, zSHARE, MediaFire, and Hotfile. We carefully devised methods to identify user clickstreams in the HIP traces, including the identification of free and premium user instances, as well as the identification of content that is split into multiple pieces and downloaded using multiple transactions. Throughout this characterization, we compare and contrast these services with each other as well as with peer-to-peer file sharing and other media sharing services.

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Elsevier , 2011. Vol. 68, no 11, 1085-1102 p.
Keyword [en]
File hosting services, Internet measurement, Performance, Peer-to-peer, Content distribution
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-72258DOI: 10.1016/j.peva.2011.07.016ISI: 000296543000008OAI: diva2:458810

Funding Agencies|Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada||Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF) in the Province of Alberta||CENIIT at Linkoping University||National ICT Australia (NICTA)||

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