Supported by the National Grand Fundamental Research 973 Program of China under Grant No.G1999032703 (国家重点基础研究发展规划(973)).
For most peer-to-peer file-swapping applications, sharing is a volunteer action, and peers are not responsible for their irresponsible bartering history. This situation indicates the trust between participants can not be set up simply on the traditional trust mechanism. A reasonable trust construction approach comes from the social network analysis, in which trust relations between individuals are set up upon recommendations of other individuals. Current p2p trust model could not promise the convergence of iteration for trust computation, and takes no consideration for model security problems, such as sybil attack and slandering. This paper presents a novel recommendation-based global trust model and gives a distributed implementation method. Mathematic analyses and simulations show that, compared to the current global trust model, the proposed model is more robust on trust security problems and more complete on iteration for computing peer trust.