How caching queries at client-peers affects the loads of super-peer P2P systems

Rozlina Mohamed*, Christopher D. Buckingham

*Corresponding author for this work

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Super-peer P2P systems strike a balance between searching efficiency in centralized P2P systems and the autonomy, load balancing and robustness provided by pure P2P systems. A super-peer is a node in a super-peer P2P system that maintains the central index for the information shared by a set of peers within the same cluster. The central index handles the searching request on behalf of the connecting set ofpeers and also passes on the request to neighboring super-peers in order to access additional indices and peers. In this paper, we study the behavior of query answering in super-peer P2P systems with the aim of understanding the issues and tradeoffs in designing a scalable super-peer system. We focus on where to post queries in order to retrieve the result and investigate the implications for three different architectures: caching queries at the peer; caching only at the super-peer; and an ordinary P2P system without any cachingfacilities. We are adopting the existing equation on measuring the network cost for query answering in super-peer systems. In addition, we are adapting the same equation for super-peer system with caching facilities while answering their queries. Using these equations, the cost of query processing for these architectures is compared. The paper discusses the tradeoffs between architectures with respect to caching, highlights the effect ofkey parameter values on system performance, and ends by considering whether certain knowledge domains are more appropriate for particular architectures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - International Symposium on Information Technology 2008, ITSim
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2008
EventInternational Symposium on Information Technology 2008, ITSim - Kuala Lumpur, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Aug 200829 Aug 2008


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Information Technology 2008, ITSim
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityKuala Lumpur


  • Peer-to-peer
  • Query answering
  • Query routing
  • Super-peer


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