Neumann, D., Baker, M., Altmann, J., Rana, O.F. (Eds.)
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Interdisciplinary approach that combines work from Economics and Computer Science
Coordination and incentive problems prevalent to any kind of distributed system are analyzed by means of economic theory
Economic theory is put to work by providing evidence, e.g., by prototypes, that the pure concepts are feasible to be implemented in the field
Theoretical work is illustrated with experiences from state-of-the-art European projects
Addresses many new insights into how to approach coordination and incentive problems
Distributed computing paradigms for sharing resources such as Clouds, Grids, Peer-to-Peer systems, or voluntary computing are becoming increasingly popular. While there are some success stories such as PlanetLab, OneLab, BOINC, BitTorrent, and SETI@home, a widespread use of these technologies for business applications has not yet been achieved. In a business environment, mechanisms are needed to provide incentives to potential users for participating in such networks. These mechanisms may range from simple non-monetary access rights, monetary payments to specific policies for sharing. Although a few models for a framework have been discussed (in the general area of a "Grid Economy"), none of these models has yet been realised in practice. This book attempts to fill this gap by discussing the reasons for such limited take-up and exploring incentive mechanisms for resource sharing in distributed systems. The purpose of this book is to identify research challenges in successfully using and deploying resource sharing strategies in open-source and commercial distributed systems.