• KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems
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A Game Theoretic Analysis of Public Goods Allocation in P2P Networks

Vol. 9, No.8, August 31, 2015
10.3837/tiis.2015.08.006, Download Paper (Free):

Abstract

This paper presents a game theoretic approach to analyze the public goods (PGs) allocation in peer-to-peer (p2p) networks. In order to reduce the free-riders and promote the cooperation among peers, we propose an incentive mechanism with cooperationbased game theory. In this paper, we regarded the contributed resources by cooperators as public goods (PGs). We also build the PGs allocation in P2P networks to be the optimization problem, and the optimal solution of PGs allocation satisfies the BowenLindahl-Samuelson equilibrium. Firstly, based on the subscriber mechanism, we analyze the feasibility and prove the validity, which can achieve Nash equilibrium. However, this strategy cannot meet to Bowen-Lindahl-Samuelson equilibrium as the free-riders do not pay with their private goods for consuming the PGs. Secondly, based on the Walker mechanism, we analyze the feasibility and prove the validity for the same allocation problem, which meets to Bowen-Lindahl-Samuelson equilibrium and achieves Pareto efficiency within cooperative game. Simulations show that the proposed walker mechanism can significantly improve the network performance of throughout, and effectively alleviate free-riding problem in P2P networks.


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[IEEE Style]
Qingfeng Zhang, Sheng Wang and Dan Liao, "A Game Theoretic Analysis of Public Goods Allocation in P2P Networks," KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, vol. 9, no. 8, pp. 2854-2874, 2015. DOI: 10.3837/tiis.2015.08.006

[ACM Style]
Zhang, Q., Wang, S., and Liao, D. 2015. A Game Theoretic Analysis of Public Goods Allocation in P2P Networks. KSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems, 9, 8, (2015), 2854-2874. DOI: 10.3837/tiis.2015.08.006