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Decentralized and Autonomous Bootstrapping for IPv6-based Peer-to-Peer Networks

Bless, Roland; Waldhorst, Oliver P.; Mayer, Christoph P.; Wippel, Hans

Abstract (englisch):
Peer-to-peer (P2P) overlay networks are the foundation of a significant number of today?s most popular Internet applications, such as distributed file sharing, streaming videos, or Internet telephony. The current IPv4 protocol, however, has significant drawbacks within the P2P context: Firstly, extensive use of Network Address Translation (NAT) mechanisms hinders direct connectivity between arbitrary peers. Secondly, this impedes also discovery of P2P members in order to initially join such a P2P network, commonly referred to as the bootstrapping problem. The first drawback is overcome by IPv6?s sufficiently large address space and the lacking need for using IPv6-NATs. An efficient solution for the second problem based on the innovative features of IPv6 is discussed in this paper.


Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Telematik (TM)
Publikationstyp Proceedingsbeitrag
Jahr 2009
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator KITopen-ID: 1000086822
Erschienen in Winning Entry of the IPv6 Contest 2009 by IPv6 Council, Leipzig
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