Networking

Designing P2P Networks Tolerant to Attacks and Faults Based on Bimodal Degree Distribution

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Executive Summary

Recently, in contrast with the centralized networks (e.g., traditional client/server systems), the distributed networks such as Peer-to-Peer (P2P) networks and grid networks have attracted much attention due to their scalability. While the distributed networks have the advantage of allowing the node(s) to join or leave the network easily, the issue of lack of resiliency to both attacks and faults still remains. In this paper, the authors classify the existing distributed networks based on their degree distributions. Then, they demonstrate that they are not resilient to attacks and/or faults. For example, unstructured P2P networks, which have a power-law degree distribution, are vulnerable to attacks such as DOS.

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