Incentive Mechanism for P2P Content Sharing over Heterogenous Access Networks

Kenichiro SATO  Ryo HASHIMOTO  Makoto YOSHINO  Ryoichi SHINKUMA  Tatsuro TAKAHASHI  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E91-B   No.12   pp.3821-3830
Publication Date: 2008/12/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1093/ietcom/e91-b.12.3821
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Peer to Peer Networking Technology)
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Keyword: 
P2P content sharing,  incentive,  reward,  service differentiation,  cost,  

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Summary: 
In peer-to-peer (P2P) content sharing, users can share their content by contributing their own resources to one another. However, since there is no incentive for contributing contents or resources to others, users may attempt to obtain content without any contribution. To motivate users to contribute their resources to the service, incentive-rewarding mechanisms have been proposed. On the other hand, emerging wireless technologies, such as IEEE 802.11 wireless local area networks, beyond third generation (B3G) cellular networks and mobile WiMAX, provide high-speed Internet access for wireless users. Using these high-speed wireless access, wireless users can use P2P services and share their content with other wireless users and with fixed users. However, this diversification of access networks makes it difficult to appropriately assign rewards to each user according to their contributions. This is because the cost necessary for contribution is different in different access networks. In this paper, we propose a novel incentive-rewarding mechanism called EMOTIVER that can assign rewards to users appropriately. The proposed mechanism uses an external evaluator and interactive learning agents. We also investigate a way of appropriately controlling rewards based on the system service's quality and managing policy.