10 March 2010

Call for papers: Recent Advances in P2P Systems: Trust, Reputation and Security

A special issue of International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems

Peer-to-Peer (P2P) systems are decentralized, self-organizing distributed systems that cooperate to exchange data. A P2P network offers a scalable and fault-tolerant means of locating nodes anywhere on a network without maintaining a huge amount of routing state. This permits for a variety of applications beyond simple file sharing. Millions of users now participate in these systems and the user bases are diffusing broadly. P2P computing is perhaps the most significant development in computing since the emergence of web.

So far, the success of P2P paradigms has been primarily in traditional wired network environments. With the advance of modern wireless and mobile communications, there is a growing interest for mobile users to participate in P2P services anywhere anytime through their mobile handheld devices. However, the open and anonymous nature of P2P network makes it an ideal medium for attackers to spread malicious content. As a result, widespread and unrestricted deployment of P2P systems exposed a number of security vulnerabilities. Furthermore, a number of trust and reputation issues occur in P2P networks as trust is a fundamental consideration for growth and stability of systems. Hence, making P2P systems more “secure” is an important challenge.

The research topics related to the P2P require development of new methods and techniques, which offer clients an efficient and secured access to resources, proficient distribution of resources, decentralization and self-organization. Innovations of P2P systems proffer many interesting avenues of research in a variety of areas in computing. For this special issue, we are pleased to invite original and high quality submissions addressing recent developments in P2P computing with special focus on trust, reputation and security issues such as free riding, Sybil attacks, authentication, nature-inspired approaches etc.

Topics to be covered in this special issue include but are not limited to:
  • Trust and reputation in P2P systems
  • Semantics, interpretations and ontologies of trust
  • Metrics for trust and reputation in P2P
  • Trust based protocols and computational models for P2P
  • Risk Management, Decision making and trust in P2P
  • P2P business models and trust
  • Security and privacy in P2P systems
  • Routing and fault-tolerance in P2P systems
  • Resource discovery/management in P2P systems
  • Self-organization and self-management in P2P environments
  • Cloud systems and P2P
  • P2P and social networks
  • P2P video on demand, P2P IPTV, P2P storage, P2P streaming
  • Localized P2P
  • P2P middleware
  • P2P economics
  • Mobile P2P, P2P over wireless networks
  • Service-oriented P2P
  • Digital rights management of P2P
  • Semantic P2P
  • P2P content distribution networks
  • Overlay networks for P2P systems
  • JXTA-based P2P applications
  • P2P data mining
  • Load balancing in P2P Systems
  • P2P SIP based communication systems
  • P2P communication systems for vehicular systems
  • P2P grid
  • P2P radio and audio streaming
  • Nature-inspired algorithms for P2P
  • Mobile P2P and mobility management
  • P2P based sensor networks
  • P2P virtual networks
  • P2P games, online auction
  • Modelling altruistic behaviour of peers
  • Legal and regulatory issues
  • Novel perspectives on trust, security and privacy for P2P systems
Important Dates
Submission deadline: 30 May, 2010
First rejection/revision/acceptance notice: 1 August, 2010
Revision submission deadline: 1 September, 2010
Final acceptance/rejection notice: 30 September, 2010
Final manuscript due: 20 October, 2010

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