The Peer’s Dilemma: A general framework to examine cooperation in pure peer-to-peer systems

Palomar, Esther and Alcaide, Almudena and Ribagorda, Arturo and Zhang, Yan (2012) The Peer’s Dilemma: A general framework to examine cooperation in pure peer-to-peer systems. Computer Networks, 56 (17). pp. 3756-3766. ISSN 13891286

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Abstract

The exploration of social dilemmas is being considered a major foundation for encountering the enforced necessities of cooperation in self-organizing environments. Such environments are characterized by self-interested parties and the absence of trusted third parties. Recent approaches apply evolutionary socio-inspired games to formally prove the existence and further prolongation of cooperation patterns within communities. For instance, the Prisoner’s Dilemma game has thus provided a rich opportunity to examine self-interested behaviors in pure peer-to-peer networks. However, assuming a total absence of coalitions, incentives and punishment mechanisms, several works argue against a durable maintenance of cooperation neither at single-shot nor repeated-scenarios. In this article, we formally and experimentally demonstrate a counterexample for the latter by applying evolutionary game theory and a particular instance of the Rock–Scissors–Paper game. Our framework proves that the cyclic dominance of certain type of nodes within a P2P system has an impact and introduces a strategic aspect to the evolution of the overall community.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Submitted to REF 2014, UoA 11, Esther Palomar
Subjects: G500 Information Systems
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA11: Computer Science and Informatics
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Computing and Digital Technology
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Computing and Digital Technology > Cyber Security
Depositing User: Jessica Baylis
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2016 07:55
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2016 07:55
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/262

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