Is remote host availability governed by a universal law?

The availability of peer-to-peer and other distributed systems depends not only on the system architecture but also on the availability characteristics of the hosts participating in the system. This paper constructs a model of remote host availability, derived from measurement studies of four host populations. It argues that hosts are incompletely partitioned into two behavioral classes, one in which they are cycled on/off periodically and one in which they are nominally kept on constantly. Within a class, logarithmic availability generally follows a uniform distribution; however, the underlying reason for this is not readily apparent.

PDF file

In  SIGMETRICS Performance Evaluation Review 31 (3)

Publisher  Association for Computing Machinery, Inc.
Copyright © 2007 by the Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. Permission to make digital or hard copies of part or all of this work for personal or classroom use is granted without fee provided that copies are not made or distributed for profit or commercial advantage and that copies bear this notice and the full citation on the first page. Copyrights for components of this work owned by others than ACM must be honored. Abstracting with credit is permitted. To copy otherwise, to republish, to post on servers, or to redistribute to lists, requires prior specific permission and/or a fee. Request permissions from Publications Dept, ACM Inc., fax +1 (212) 869-0481, or The definitive version of this paper can be found at ACM’s Digital Library --


> Publications > Is remote host availability governed by a universal law?