Journal of Computer Science and Technology ›› 2021, Vol. 36 ›› Issue (6): 1431-1451.doi: 10.1007/s11390-021-0205-7

Special Issue: Computer Networks and Distributed Computing

• Regular Paper • Previous Articles    

CDM: Content Diffusion Model for Information-Centric Networks

Bo Chen, Member, ACM, IEEE, Liang Liu*, Member, CCF, ACM, IEEE, and Hua-Dong Ma, Fellow, CCF, IEEE        

  1. Beijing Key Laboratory of Intelligent Telecommunications Software and Multimedia, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing 100876, China;School of Computer Science, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing 100876, China
  • Received:2019-12-05 Revised:2020-11-07 Online:2021-11-30 Published:2021-12-01
  • Contact: Liang Liu
  • Supported by:
    This work is supported by the Science Fund for Creative Research Groups of National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) under Grant No. 61921003, the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant Nos. 61722201 and 61632008, the Fund for International Cooperation and Exchange of NSFC under Grant No. 61720106007, and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities of China under Grant No. 2019RC40.

This paper proposes the Content Diffusion Model (CDM) for modeling the content diffusion process in information-centric networking (ICN). CDM is inspired by the epidemic model and it provides a method of theoretical quantitative analysis for the content diffusion process in ICN. Specifically, CDM introduces the key functions to formalize the key factors that influence the content diffusion process, and thus it can construct the model via a simple but efficient way. Further, we derive CDM by using different combinations of those key factors and put them into several typical ICN scenarios, to analyze the characteristics during the diffusion process such as diffusion speed, diffusion scope, average fetching hops, changing and final state, which can greatly help to analyze the network performance and application design. A series of experiments are conducted to evaluate the efficacy and accuracy of CDM. The results show that CDM can accurately illustrate and model the content diffusion process in ICN.

Key words: information-centric networking; content diffusion; modeling;

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