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A new approach to service provisioning in ATM networks

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2 Author(s)
Low, S.H. ; Comput. Syst. Res. Lab., AT&T Bell Labs., Murray Hill, NJ, USA ; Varaiya, P.P.

The authors formulate and solve a problem of allocating resources among competing services differentiated by user traffic characteristics and maximum end-to-end delay. The solution leads to an alternative approach to service provisioning in an ATM network, in which the network offers directly for rent its bandwidth and buffers and users purchase freely resources to meet their desired quality. Users make their decisions based on their own traffic parameters and delay requirements and the network sets prices for those resources. The procedure is iterative in that the network periodically adjusts prices based on monitored user demand, and is decentralized in that only local information is needed for individual users to determine resource requests. The authors derive the network's adjustment scheme and the users' decision rule and establish their optimality. Since the approach does not require the network to know user traffic and delay parameters, it does not require traffic policing on the part of the network

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Networking, IEEE/ACM Transactions on  (Volume:1 ,  Issue: 5 )