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A Performance Comparison of Competitive Online Routing and StateDependent Routing

Summary: A Performance Comparison of
Competitive On­line Routing and State­Dependent Routing
William Aiello \Lambda Matthew Andrews y Sandeep Bhatt \Lambda K. R. Krishnan \Lambda
Lisa Zhang y
Classic circuit­switched telephone networks as well as modern Broadband Integrated Services
Digital Networks (B­ISDN) carry traffic that requires bandwidth reservation along paths. Due
to limited resources some requests for service will be denied. It is therefore important to have
good admission control and routing strategies to guarantee an efficient use of the network.
In this paper we compare the performance of two non­greedy strategies, competitive on­
line routing (col) and state­dependent routing (sdr), by using an extensive set of simulations.
Algorithm sdr assumes prior knowledge of the traffic pattern, i.e. the Poisson arrival rates and
the exponential holding times, whereas col assumes no knowledge of the traffic. For the case
in which the arrival rates are unknown to sdr, algorithm sdr­adapt (the adaptive version of
sdr) adjusts its admission decisions by learning the traffic during its handling of the incoming
In most of our experiments, sdr has a noticeable performance advantage over col and
sdr­adapt by knowing the traffic in advance. Algorithm sdr­adapt outperforms col for the
majority of our networks, which indicates the usefulness of adapting to the traffic informa­
tion. Algorithm col has performance guarantees even without any statistical assumptions on


Source: Andrews, Matthew - Mathematics of Networks and Systems, Mathematical Sciences Research Center, Bell Laboratories


Collections: Mathematics; Computer Technologies and Information Sciences