Economics-informed design of Content delivery Networks
Nicolas Christin, John Chuang and Jens Grossklags
This chapter builds on game theory research to offer the following contributions. First, we propose a novel cost model for agents participating in a content-delivery overlay network. Using the proposed cost model, we then provide an analysis of the root causes of incentive misalignment in content delivery networks. We further investigate some of the network structures proposed in the literature for peer-to-peer content delivery networks, to determine if they are incentive compatible.We also revisit some of the traditional game-theoretic assumptions to study their applicability to CDN design.