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A Dynamic Peer-to-Peer Traffic Limiting Policy for ISP Networks

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Executive Summary

As a scalable paradigm for content distribution at Internet-wide scale, Peer-To-Peer (P2P) technologies have enabled a variety of networked services, such as distributed file-sharing and live video streaming. Most existing P2P systems employ non-intelligent peer selection algorithms for content swarming which greedily consume Internet bandwidth resources. As a result, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) need some efficient solutions for managing P2P traffic within their own networks. A common practice today is to block or shape P2P traffic in order to conserve bandwidth resources for carrying standard traffic from which revenue can be generated.

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