Optimal anticipative congestion control of flows with time-varying input stream

Jacko, Peter and Sansò, Brunilde (2012) Optimal anticipative congestion control of flows with time-varying input stream. Performance Evaluation, 69 (2). pp. 86-101. ISSN 0166-5316

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This paper is concerned with a new type of congestion control method that we call anticipative congestion control, which exploits probabilistic information available at a network node about congestion at other nodes. Motivated by the Internet flows behaving according to the Transmission Control Protocol, we consider a flow with time-varying input stream. We design a Markov decision process model for flow admission control and characterize the Whittle index in a closed form. This index measures the efficiency of flow data transmission at a router. We prove that such an index policy is optimal and that it further implies optimality of threshold policies. We apply the results to obtain an expression of the index for a single-bottleneck flow under several types of fairness criteria.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Performance Evaluation
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1700/1705
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Management Science
ID Code: 65373
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 26 Jun 2013 15:21
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2020 08:32
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/65373

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