Cite as:

Mark Klein and Yaneer Bar-Yam, Handling emergent dysfunctions in open peer-to-peer systems, ROMA Working Paper ROMA-WP-2001-03 (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001).


Open peer-to-peer (P2P) systems - made up of dynamic collections of heterogeneous components designed and operated without centralized control - are emerging as the dominant paradigm for creating large networked software systems in a very wide range of domains ranging from military command and control to power control systems to electronic commerce. One of the major open challenges involving in making peer-to-peer systems robust and scalable is learning how to anticipate and manage their emergent dynamics. This white paper describes a plan of work aimed at addressing this challenge.