NSDI '06 Abstract
Pp. 2944 of the Proceedings
Scale and Performance in the CoBlitz Large-File Distribution Service
KyoungSoo Park and Vivek S. Pai, Princeton University
Scalable distribution of large files has been the area of much
research and commercial interest in the past few years. In this paper,
we describe the CoBlitz system, which efficiently distributes large
files using a content distribution network (CDN) designed for HTTP. As
a result, CoBlitz is able to serve large files without requiring any
modifications to standard Web servers and clients, making it an
interesting option both for end users as well as infrastructure
services. Over the 18 months that CoBlitz and its partner service,
CoDeploy, have been running on PlanetLab, we have had the opportunity
to observe its algorithms in practice, and to evolve its design. These
changes stem not only from observations on its use, but also from a
better understanding of their behavior in real-world conditions. This
utilitarian approach has led us to better understand the effects of
scale, peering policies, replication behavior, and congestion, giving
us new insights into how to better improve their performance. With
these changes, CoBlitz is able to deliver in excess of 1 Gbps on
PlanetLab, and to outperform a range of systems, including research
systems as well as the widely-used BitTorrent.
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