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Peer-to-Peer file sharing applications on the Internet, such as BitTorrent, Gnutella, etc., have been immensely popular. Prior research mainly focuses on peer and content discovery, overlay topology formation, fairness and incentive issues, etc, but seldom investigates the data distribution problem which is also a core component of any file sharing application. In this paper, we present the first effort in addressing this collaborative file distribution problem and formally define thedoi:10.1109/colcom.2005.1651215 dblp:conf/colcom/ChanLL05 fatcat:tack7xeoure6tdne2i6j5xsxvi