Distributed Network Formation for N-Way Broadcast Applications

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Executive Summary

In an n-way broadcast application, each one of n overlay nodes wants to push its own distinct large data file to all other n-1 destinations as well as download their respective data files. BitTorrent-like swarming protocols are ideal choices for handling such massive data volume transfers. The original BitTorrent targets one-to-many broadcasts of a single file to a very large number of receivers, and thus, by necessity, employs a sub-optimized overlay topology. n-way broadcast applications, on the other hand, owing to their inherent complexity, are realizable only in small to medium scale networks.

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