Date: 21 Aug 2002

SCAN: A Dynamic, Scalable, and Efficient Content Distribution Network

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We present SCAN, the Scalable Content Access Network. SCAN combines dynamic replica placement with a self-organizing application-level multicast tree to meet client QoS and server resource constraints. It utilizes an underlying distributed object routing and location system (DOLR) as an essential component. Simulation results on both flash-crowd-like synthetic workloads and real Web server traces show that SCAN deploys close to an optimal number of replicas, achieves good load balance, and incurs a small delay and bandwidth penalty for update multicast relative to static replica placement on IP multicast. We envision that SCAN could enhance a number of different applications, such as content distribution and peer-to-peer file sharing.