Mobility

P2P Content Distribution to Mobile Bluetooth Users

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Executive Summary

Using handheld devices such as cellular phones and smart phones for personal entertainment has become commonplace in today's lifestyle. Virtually all of these devices are equipped with Bluetooth technology that can be used to distribute entertainment contents such as music and movie clips. Mobile users can download content from the opportunistically available infrastructure (e.g., Digital Billboards) as well as direct Peer-to-Peer (P2P) collaboration which significantly increases content availability/coverage. P2P content distribution protocol design is heavily influenced by the characteristics of Bluetooth, which is the main departure from Internet-based content distribution. However, little has been done to understand the performance of overall Bluetooth operations, ranging from peer discovery to data downloading, in dynamic environments with mobility, interference, and different Bluetooth versions/chipsets.

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