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Allocating commodity resources in aggregate traffic networks

Duffield, N. G. and Low, S. H. (2004) Allocating commodity resources in aggregate traffic networks. Performance Evaluation, 57 (3). pp. 279-306. ISSN 0166-5316. doi:10.1016/j.peva.2003.10.009.

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We examine the relation between cost and quality in networks which carry aggregate traffic. A powerful tool in this is the burstiness or indifference curve associated with a stochastic traffic flow. We relate burstiness to quality and use this relation to explore the quality experienced by aggregated flows under various rules for allocating resources to them. An example is motivated by the controlled load service specification. We show how the imposition of costs associated with buffer space and service capacity leads to the notion of a cost-optimal allocation of resources. This defines the cheapest operating point in a network where resources are commodities to be purchased as necessary to satisfy quality requirements. We define a notion of cost-based admission control: a linear admission rule which can be based on declared or measured traffic parameters.

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Additional Information:© 2003 Elsevier B.V. Received 23 December 2001; accepted 16 October 2003; Available online 6 February 2004.
Subject Keywords:Pricing; Economies of scale; Indifference curve; Admission control; Performance analysis; Large deviations; Stochastic networks
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Official Citation:N.G. Duffield, S.H. Low, Allocating commodity resources in aggregate traffic networks, Performance Evaluation, Volume 57, Issue 3, 2004, Pages 279-306, ISSN 0166-5316, (
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Deposited By: Pengcheng You
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