P2P architecture for ubiquitous supply chain systems
Ubiquitous information technologies like RFID allow for immediate, extensive and fine-grained
capture of real world information. Scalable and efficient networks for exchange of this vast amount of
information amongst companies are crucial for the economic exploitation of benefits of ubiquitous
information technologies. Existing networks bear several limitations like risks of single-point-offailures or bottlenecks, unequally distributed power and burdens as well as inflexibility through
stringent structures and formats. In particular there is a need for improving the scalability of solutions
and ensuring autonomy of network participants. In this paper we introduce a Peer-to-Peer-based
architecture for exchanging distributed information, which are shared among participants of a supply
chain facilitated with ubiquitous information technologies. This architecture builds on the wellestablished EPCglobal standards, but can be implemented as an autonomous network. Unlike other
architectures it does not need central coordination mechanisms, because it is based on self-organizing
Peer-to-Peer protocols. We argue that our architecture supports business processes especially of
small and medium-sized enterprises better than other architectures. We provide a discussion about
requirements for solutions and a simulation-based analysis of the proposed architecture.
Schoenemann, Nina; Fischbach, Kai; and Schoder, Detlef, "P2P architecture for ubiquitous supply chain systems" (2009). ECIS 2009 Proceedings. 357.