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Optimal routing control: game theoretic approach

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2 Author(s)
La, R.J. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng. & Comput. Sci., California Univ., Berkeley, CA, USA ; Anantharam, V.

Communication networks shared by selfish users are considered and modeled as noncooperative repeated games. Each user is interested only in optimizing its own performance by controlling the routing of its load. We investigate the existence of a NEP that achieves the system-wide optimal cost. The existence of a NEP that not only achieves the system-wide optimal cost but also yields a cost for each user no greater than its stage game NEP cost is shown for two-node multiple link networks. It is shown that more general networks where all users have the same source-destination pair have a NEP that achieves the minimum total system cost under a mild technical condition. It is shown general networks with users having multiple source-destination pairs do not necessarily have such an NEP

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Decision and Control, 1997., Proceedings of the 36th IEEE Conference on  (Volume:3 )

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10-12 Dec 1997