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Dynamically evolving, large scale information systems

Objective

Information Systems like the physical Internet, the World Wide Web, telephone networks mobile ad-hoc networks, or peer-to-peer networks have reached a level that puts them beyond our ability to deploy them, manage them, and keep them functioning correctly through traditional techniques. Reasons for this are their sheer size with millions of users and interconnected devices and their dynamics; they evolve dynamically over time, i.e. components change or are removed or inserted permanently.

For these systems, we have to abandon the goal of global optimality. Rather we have to concentrate our efforts on seeking self-regulating and self-repairing mechanisms that are decentralized, scalable, and that are able to adapt to changes in their environments and maintain the system in states corresponding to acceptable behaviour, avoiding those that are undesirable or unstable. The goal of this project is to develop methods, techniques and tools to cope with challenges imposed by such systems, in an interdisciplinary effort of Computer Science, Physics, Biology, and Economy.

The objectives we have identified and want to address are:
To understand the structure, self organisation and dynamics of large scale information systems,
To provide methods, techniques and tools for controlling and optimizing such systems,
To apply methods from market mechanism and game theory in order to understand and to organize the competition for resources like bandwidth, computing power, data etc,
To demonstrate the capabilities of our methods, techniques and tools in two application areas of high scientific and economic impact:
- A management platform for telecommunication transport networks that integrates the wide range of current and future data formats and services, and
- A decentralized, self-organizing Web search engine based on a peer-to-peer architecture, resulting in higher quality answers to search requests than current centralized search engines.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAET PADERBORN
Address
Warburger Strasse 100
33098 Paderborn
Germany

Participants (21)

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
BIRKBECK COLLEGE - UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
United Kingdom
Address
Malet Street
London
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE
France
Address
3, Rue Michel-ange
Paris Cedex 16
CONSORZIO UNIVERSITA INDUSTRIA - LABORATORI DI RADIOCOMUNICAZIONI
Italy
Address
Via Giorgio Vasari, 4
00196 Roma
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Address
Ecublens
1015 Lausanne
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
MAX-PLANCK GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V.
Germany
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Muenchen
POLITECHNIKA WROCLAWSKA
Poland
Address
Wybrzeze Wyspianskiego 27
50-370 Wroclaw
RESEARCH ACADEMIC COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
Greece
Address
61, Riga Feraiou Street
26221 Patras
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Germany
Address
Strasse Des 17. Juni 135
Berlin
TELENOR ASA
Norway
Address
Snaroeyveien 30
1331 Fornebu
TO BE DECIDED
Belgium
Address
Street, 1
Town
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO
Italy
Address
Via Festa Del Perdono 7
Milano
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA "LA SAPIENZA"
Italy
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
00185 Roma
UNIVERSITAET KARLSRUHE (TH)
Germany
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
Address
Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
UNIVERSITAT POMPEU FABRA
Spain
Address
Placa De La Merce 10-12
08002 Barcelona
UNIVERSITE PARIS XI
France
Address
15, Rue Georges Clemenceau
91405 Orsay
UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
Cyprus
Address
Kallipoleos Street 75
1678 Nicosia
UNIVERZITA KARLOVA V PRAZE - MATEMATICKO-FYZIKALNI FAKULTA
Czechia
Address
Ke Karlovu 3
121 16 Praha 2