Application layer networks are software architectures that
allow the provisioning of services requiring a huge amount of resources
by connecting large numbers of individual computers, like in Grid or
Peer-to-Peer computing. Controlling the resource allocation in those networks
is nearly impossible using a centralized arbitrator. The network
simulation project CATNET will evaluate a decentralized mechanism
for resource allocation, which is based on the economic paradigm of the
Catallaxy, against a centralized mechanism using an arbitrator object. In
both versions, software agents buy and sell network services and resources
to and from each other. The economic model is based on self-interested
maximization of utility and self-interested cooperation between agents.
This article describes the setup of money and message ﬂows both for
centralized and decentralized coordination in comparison.
CitationEymann, T; Reinicke, M; Ardaiz, O; Artigas, P; Díaz de Cerio, L; Freitag, F; Messeguer, R; Navarro, L; Royo, D; Sanjeevan, K. Decentralized vs. centralized economic coordination of resource allocation in grids. A: EAGC 2003, p. 9-16.
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