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Distributed and Robust Rate Control for Communication Networks

Summary: Distributed and Robust Rate Control
for Communication Networks
Tansu Alpcan
Abstract Contemporary networks are distributed, complex, and heterogeneous. En-
suring an efficient, fair, and incentive-compatible allocation of bandwidth among
their users constitutes a challenging and multi-faceted research problem. This chap-
ter presents three control and game-theoretic approaches that address rate control
problems from different perspectives. First, a noncooperative rate control game fo-
cusing on incentive compatibility issues is formulated. Secondly, a primal-dual al-
gorithm incorporating queue dynamics and maximizing a global objective is con-
sidered. Finally, a robust rate control framework is presented. For each scheme, the
respective equilibrium, stability, and robustness properties are rigorously analyzed
and discussed.
1 Introduction
Wired and wireless communication networks are an ubiquitous and indispensable
part of the modern society. They serve a variety of purposes and applications for
their end users. Hence, networks exhibit heterogeneous characteristics in terms of
their access infrastructure (e.g. wired vs. wireless), protocols, and capacity. More-
over, contemporary networks such as the Internet are heavily decentralized both in
their administration and resources.


Source: Alpcan, Tansu - Deutsche Telekom Laboratories & Technische Universitšt Berlin


Collections: Engineering