Deployment of a Large-scale Peer-to-Peer Social Network

Mao Yang
Hua Chen
Ben Y. Zhao
Yafei Dai
Zheng Zhang

First Workshop on Real Large Distributed Systems (WORLDS 2004)

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Paper Abstract

We present the design and architecture of the Maze file-sharing and social network. Maze is one of the first large-scale deployments of an academic research project, with over 210,000 registered users and more than 10,000 users online at any time, sharing over 140 million files. Maze includes an evolving incentive structure, and simple mechanisms for providing network locality. We outline the Maze architecture and describe initial results from a measurement study.