Particles labelled 1, …, n are initially arranged in increasing order. Subsequently, each pair of neighboring particles that is currently in increasing order swaps according to a Poisson process of rate 1. We analyze the asymptotic behavior of this process as n→∞. We prove that the space–time trajectories of individual particles converge (when suitably scaled) to a certain family of random curves with two points of non-differentiability, and that the permutation matrix at a given time converges to a certain deterministic measure with absolutely continuous and singular parts. The absorbing state (where all particles are in decreasing order) is reached at time (2+o(1))n. The finishing times of individual particles converge to deterministic limits, with fluctuations asymptotically governed by the Tracy–Widom distribution.
"The oriented swap process." Ann. Probab. 37 (5) 1970 - 1998, September 2009. https://doi.org/10.1214/09-AOP456