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Cooperation in P2P Systems through Sociological Incentive Patterns

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Publication date10/12/2008
Host publicationSelf-organizing systems: Third International Workshop, IWSOS 2008, Vienna, Austria, December 10-12, 2008. Proceedings
EditorsKarin Anna Hummel, James P.G. Sterbenz
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherSpringer-Verlag
Pages10-22
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-92156-1
<mark>Original language</mark>English
EventInternational Workshop on Self-Organizing Systems (IWSOS) - Vienna, Austria

Conference

ConferenceInternational Workshop on Self-Organizing Systems (IWSOS)
CityVienna, Austria
Period10/12/0812/12/08

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer
Volume5343
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

ConferenceInternational Workshop on Self-Organizing Systems (IWSOS)
CityVienna, Austria
Period10/12/0812/12/08

Abstract

While the performance of peer-to-peer (p2p) systems largely depend on the cooperation of the member nodes, there is an inherent conflict between the individuals’ self interest and the communal social welfare. In this regard, many interesting parallels between p2p systems and cooperation in human societies can be drawn. On the one hand, human societies are organized around a certain level of altruistic behavior. Whilst, on the other hand, individuals tend to overuse public goods, if they are free to do so. This paper proposes a new incentive scheme that extracts and modifies sociological incentive patterns, based on the Tragedy of Commons analogy, to work efficiently in a p2p environment. It is shown through simulations that this scheme encourages honest peers whilst successfully blocking non-contributors.