The state of peer-to-peer simulators and simulations

By: 
S. Naicken, B. Livingston, A. Basu, S. Rodhetbhai, I. Wakeman, and D. Chalmers
Appears in: 
CCR April 2007

In this paper, we discuss the current situation with respect to simulation usage in P2P research, testing the available P2P simulators against a proposed set of requirements, and surveying over 280 papers to discover what simulators are already being used. We found that no simulator currently meets all our requirements, and that simulation results are generally reported in the literature in a fashion that precludes any reproduction of results. We hope that this paper will give rise to further discussion and knowledge sharing among those of the P2P and network simulation research communities, so that a simulator that meets the needs of rigorous P2P research can be developed.