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Performance for Peer-to-Peer Systems

P4P2P 2008: Performance for Peers Workshop

May 22nd-23rd, 2008

University of Warwick


About the Workshop

Peer-to-peer systems create new challenges in the familiar context of performance-based adaptation: measurement, decision, and implementation processes must be decentralized because no node has a view of the entire system. Instead, locally decided changes based on local measurements must be relied upon. A major theme is the design of highly decentralized systems is the question of what degree of structure such systems should contain. Further, should structure be pre-imposed or discovered at runtime. Answering such questions requires being able to measure system performance, and defining precise definitions of the performance requirements of intended applications. Measuring performance is a thus pre-requisite to building adaptive or self-organizing systems.

This workshop will explore the relationship between the way in which a peer-to-peer overlay is organized, the computations for which it is most suited, and the corresponding performance improvements that can be made over unorganized networks.

Topics of interest include:

  • Algorithms that adapt or self-organize based on specific performance measurements.
  • Performance measurement studies of existing decentralized systems or algorithms.
  • Case studies describing application areas and their requirements.
  • Proposals of metrics and test sets for common p2p tasks.
  • Experience papers on performance issues encountered in building adaptive self-organizing systems.

The proceedings of P4P2P will be published in book format for the workshop. Authors of the best papers will be invited to submit extended versions for publication in the International Journal of Parallel, Emergent and Distributed Systems.

About the University of Warwick

Among UK universities, Warwick is a unique, and uniquely successful, institution. Despite its relative youth – it was founded in the mid-1960s – it is now one of the UK’s leading universities, with an acknowledged reputation for excellence in research and teaching, for innovation and for links with business and industry. In the last government Research Assessment Exercise, Warwick was rated fifth in the UK for research excellence; in the media league tables, it has consistently maintained its position in the UK's Top Ten Universities.

Important Dates

  • Abstract submission: April 14th 2008
  • Paper submission: April 25th 2008 May 9th 2008

Papers should be submitted to

Workshop Steering Committee

  • Frances Brazier (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Junwei Cao (Tsinghua University, China & MIT, USA)
  • Stephen Jarvis (University of Warwick, UK)
  • Elizabeth Ogston (University of Warwick, UK)
  • Julian Padget (University of Bath, UK)
  • Mikhail Prokopenko (CSIRO, Australia)
  • Omer Rana (Cardiff University, UK)
  • Guang Tan (INRIA, France)


This workshop is sponsored in part by the UK Engineering and Physical Science Research Council grant number EP/F000936/1. We are also grateful to Warwick Conferences for their support towards this event.

The University of Warwick campus was recently voted the best campus in the UK. It’s a lively, cosmopolitan place with its own shops, banks, bars and restaurants. It is an exciting place to live and work with everything you could need close at hand including theatres, cinemas, sports facilities and excellent on-site accommodation for all workshop attendees.