This area looks at how ideas from economics can be applied to understand, model and organize the interaction between diverse users, applications and resources that occur in distributed computing systems. The research projects are:
- Catnets Economic algorithms for resource allocation based on the idea of Catallaxy, were services negotiate with resource providers in the market of resources, and end users negotiate with service providers in the market of services. The project developed a simulator and a middleware that was used to evaluate the model under dynamic conditions. The project concluded in 2007.
- SORMA Development of methods and tools for an efficient market-based allocation of resources, through a self-organizing resource management system, using market-driven models supported by extensions for Grid infrastructures.
- Grid4All Grid4All aims at enabling domestic users, non-profit organisations such as schools, and small enterprises, to share their resources and to access massive Grid resources when needed, envisioning a future in which access to resources is democratised, readily available, cooperative, and inexpensive.
- P2PGrid P2PGRID project is focused on the design of innovative large scale distributed systems, decentralized, able to adapt to complex environments (in terms of infrastructure or use) and heterogeneous in the access to communication and computation resources.