Optimally DoS Resistant P2P Topologies for Live Multimedia Streaming

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Executive Summary

Using a peer-to-peer approach for live multimedia streaming applications offers the promise to obtain a highly scalable, decentralized and robust distribution service. When constructing streaming topologies, however, specific care has to be taken in order to ensure that quality of service requirements in terms of delay, jitter, packet-loss and stability against deliberate denial of service attacks are met. In this paper, the authors concentrate on the latter requirement of stability against denial-of-service attacks. They present an analytical model to assess the stability of overlay streaming topologies and to describe attack strategies. Building on this, they describe topologies, which are optimally stable towards perfect attacks based on global knowledge, and give a mathematical proof of their optimality.

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