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Optimal flow control allocation policies in communication networks with multiple message classes

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3 Author(s)
Bournas, R.M. ; IBM Networking Systems, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA ; Beutler, F.J. ; Teneketzis, D.

Flow control is considered for M(⩾2) transmitting stations sending packets to a single receiver over a slotted time-multiplexed link. The optimal allocation problem is generalized to the case of nonidentical holding costs at the M transmitters. Qualitative properties of optimal discounted and time-average policies that reduce the computational complexity of the M-dimensional optimal flow control algorithm are derived. For M=2, a simple relationship between optimal allocations for states x and x +ei (i=1,2) that leads to significant computational savings in the optimal algorithm is established

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Automatic Control, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:38 ,  Issue: 3 )