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A two-component spot pricing framework for loss-rate guaranteed Internet service contracts

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3 Author(s)
Gupta, A. ; Decision Syst. & Eng. Syst., Rensselaer Polytech. Inst., Troy, NY, USA ; Lingyi Zhang ; Kalyanaraman, S.

The technological advances in recent years are allowing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to provide quality of service (QoS) assurance for traffic through their domains. This article develops a spot pricing framework for intra-domain expected bandwidth contract with a loss based QoS guarantee. The framework accounts for both the cost and the risks associated with QoS delivery. A nonlinear pricing scheme is used in pricing for cost recovery; a utility based options pricing approach is developed for risk related pricing. The application of options pricing in Internet services provides a mechanism for fair risk sharing between the provider and the customer, and may be extended to price other uncertainties in QoS guarantees.

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Simulation Conference, 2003. Proceedings of the 2003 Winter  (Volume:1 )

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7-10 Dec. 2003

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