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Encouraging Cooperative Interaction among Network Entities
Citation key BC-ECIANE-07
Author Buchegger, Sonja and Chuang, John
Title of Book Cognitive Wireless Networks – Concepts, Methodologies and Visions Inspiring the Age of Enlightenment of Wireless Communications
Pages 87–108
Year 2007
ISBN 978-1-4020-5978-0
Online ISBN 978-1-4020-5979-7
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5979-7_5
Address Dordrecht
Editor Fitzek, Frank H.P. and Katz, Marcos D.
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Chapter 5
Abstract The research on cooperation in networks has focused on types of networks that depend on cooperation among the nodes just to enable communication at all: in self-organized networks such as peer-to-peer and mobile ad-hoc networks that have neither central authorities nor infrastructure to allow cooperation-less functioning. This focus is now being extended to networks that potentially have such infrastructure, such as cellular, wireless mesh or sensor networks, because even in such networks, nodes can benefit from cooperation to obtain services or performance gains not provided otherwise. In this chapter, we explain why cooperative interaction does not just occur spontaneously but needs changes in the network environment that allow nodes to benefit from their own cooperation. We then give an overview over such incentives devised to elicit cooperation from network nodes, such as reputation, payment, barter or enforcement systems and mechanism design and discuss challenges arising from the distributed and transient nature of non-fixed networks.
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