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A Randomized Online Algorithm for Bandwidth Utilization
 

Summary: A Randomized Online Algorithm for Bandwidth
Utilization
Sanjeev Arora 
Princeton University
Bo Brinkman y
Princeton University
Abstract
Protocols for data transmission over a TCP-like computer network
should not only lead to e∆cient network utilization but also be fair to
di erent users. Current networks accomplish these goals by some form of
end-to-end congestion control. However, existing protocols assume some-
what altruistic behavior from hosts, and Karp et al. [7] have initiated a
study of whether or not the host's optimum strategy is altruistic. We
carry this exploration further by developing an e∆cient randomized algo-
rithm for bandwidth utilization in their model. The competitive ratio of
this algorithm is optimal up to a constant factor. Karp et al. had earlier
studied the deterministic case and left open the randomized case.
What may be of some interest is that our algorithm is essentially the
classical MIMD (multiplicative increase, multiplicative decrease) strategy,
which is very aggressive and non-altruistic.

  

Source: Arora, Sanjeev - Department of Computer Science, Princeton University

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences