of people and proposed technologies like multicasting do not seem to resolve the problem.That is why P2P-Next decided to develop a new multimedia infrastructure based on P2Ptechnologies like
. As a result of the projects developed by the consortium,the users are going to share multimedia content and live streams more easily, in a morescalable infrastructure, by using web-based technologies, IP-TV, video-on-demand, socialnetworks and many more personalized tools.The reference platform of content distribution developed by P2P-Next is named
,which enables services for both PCs and
), usable with TVs.Among the basic services and features are live video and on-demand video available onlinewith an interactive experience and with most of the content being free.
Through the Automatic Control and Computers Faculty, University Politehnica of Bucharest(UPB) provides a
for the P2P-Next, among others from Slovenia, Norway,UK and Finland. The purpose of it is to oﬀer early access to the technologies developed bythe consortium and to receive feedback from users determined to test the infrastructure.The UPB Living Lab from Romania provides high speed access to Peer-to-Peer technology-enabled content through 10 systems kindly provided by the NCIT cluster. The usersdetermined to test the NextShare infrastructure use as an interface to the Living Lab,the UPB Living Lab trial site , p2p-next.cs.pub.ro, where video content is oﬀered fordistribution and occasionally live streams. Through the feedback form, the users are giv-ing valuable information about the problems and issues of the technology which is underdevelopment.Being part of the Living Lab team we are testing the NextShare technologies andcomponents with various parameters and comparing them with other related technologiesin matters of performance, usability and reliability. An important activity in Living Labis analyzing users’ feedback in order to diagnose the issues of NextShare and to reportthem to the design and developing team from P2P-Next.Processing video in order to give users the best quality-performance ratio is an activitywhich involves a lot of documentation and experimentation with video streaming, videocontainers, codecs and tools.NextShare core technologies testing is made up on the P2P Testing Infrastructure ,which runs peers, seeders and trackers on our cluster. The reports generated by the toolscontain performance information which can be used to improve NextShare.
is a distributed networking application architecture that partitionstasks between peers, which are participants with the same role in the application, beingequally privileged and equipotent .
is a peer-to-peer ﬁle sharing protocol used for distributing large amountsof data. In a BitTorrent system, a
is typically a computer program that is activelyparticipating in sharing a ﬁle in the network. The context in which a BitTorrent contentdistribution session takes place is deﬁned by a BitTorrent
which is the peer en-semble that participate in sharing a given ﬁle. A swarm consists of two types of peers:leechers and seeders. A
is a peer that has complete access to the distributed con-tent and is, thus, only uploading data. A
has incomplete access to distributed2