A Comparison of Bilateral and Multilateral Exchanges for Peer-Assisted Content Distribution

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Executive Summary

Peer-assisted content distribution matches user demand for content with available supply at other peers in the network. Inspired by this supply-and-demand interpretation of the nature of content sharing, the authors employ price theory to study peer-assisted content distribution. In this approach, the market-clearing prices are those which exactly align supply and demand, and the system is studied through the characterization of price equilibria. They rigorously analyze the efficiency and robustness gains that are enabled by price-based multilateral exchange.

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