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Asterism: Decentralized file sharing application for mobile devices

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 7th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Cloud Computing, Services, and Engineering, MobileCloud 2019
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781728104638
Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2019
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIEEE International Conference on Mobile Cloud Computing, Services, and Engineering - Newark, United States
Duration: 4 Apr 20199 Apr 2019


ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Mobile Cloud Computing, Services, and Engineering
CountryUnited States


Most applications and services rely on central authorities. This introduces a single point of failure to the system. The central authority must be trusted to have data stored by the application available at any given time. More importantly, the privacy of the user depends on the service provider capability to keep the data safe. A decentralized system could be a solution to remove the dependency from a central authority. Moreover, due to the rapid growth of mobile device usage, the availability of decentralization must not be limited only to desktop computers. In this work we aim at studying the possibility to use mobile devices as a decentralized file sharing platform without any central authorities. This was done by implementing Asterism, a peer-to-peer file-sharing mobile application based on the Inter-Planetary File System. We validate the results by deploying and measuring the application network usage and power consumption in multiple different devices. Results show that mobile devices can be used to implement a worldwide distributed file sharing network. However, the file sharing application generated large amounts of network traffic even when no files were shared. This was caused by the chattiness of the protocol of the underlying peer-to-peer network. Consequently, constant network traffic prevented the mobile devices from entering to deep sleep mode. Due to this the battery life of the devices was greatly degraded.


  • Decentralized file sharing, InterPlanetary File System, Mobile, Peer-to-peer, Sailfish OS

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Field of science, Statistics Finland