Cite as:

M. Klein and Y. 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.