Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences


UC Berkeley


2009 Research Summary

Economics-Informed Design of Peer-to-Peer and Overlay Networks (p2pecon)

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John Chuang and Ion Stoica

The fundamental premise of peer-to-peer systems is that individual peers voluntarily contribute resources to the system. However, the inherent tension between individual rationality and collective welfare produces a misalignment of incentives in the grassroots provisioning of p2p services. Our multi-disciplinary research team is working to develop a framework for understanding the technical and economic characteristics of p2p systems, and to design economic mechanisms for incentive compatible p2p applications.