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Impact of Fairness on Internet Performance
 IN PROCEEDINGS OF ACM SIGMETRICS
, 2000
"... We discuss the relevance of fairness as a design objective for congestion control mechanisms in the Internet. Specifically, we consider a backbone network shared by a dynamic number of shortlived flows, and study the impact of bandwidth sharing on network performance. In particular, we prove that f ..."
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We discuss the relevance of fairness as a design objective for congestion control mechanisms in the Internet. Specifically, we consider a backbone network shared by a dynamic number of shortlived flows, and study the impact of bandwidth sharing on network performance. In particular, we prove that for a broad class of fair bandwidth allocations, the total number of ows in progress remains finite if the load of every link is less than one. We also show that provided the bandwidth allocation is "sufficiently" fair, performance is optimal in the sense that the throughput of the ows is mainly determined by their access rate. Neither property is guaranteed with unfair bandwidth allocations, when priority is given to one class of ow with respect to another. This suggests current proposals for a differentiated services Internet may lead to suboptimal utilization of network resources.
Stability and Convergence of Moments for Multiclass Queueing Networks via Fluid Limit Models
 IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control
, 1995
"... The subject of this paper is open multiclass queueing networks, which are common models of communication networks, and complex manufacturing systems such as wafer fabrication facilities. We provide sufficient conditions for the existence of bounds on longrun average moments of the queue lengths at ..."
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The subject of this paper is open multiclass queueing networks, which are common models of communication networks, and complex manufacturing systems such as wafer fabrication facilities. We provide sufficient conditions for the existence of bounds on longrun average moments of the queue lengths at the various stations, and we bound the rate of convergence of the mean queue length to its steady state value. Our work provides a solid foundation for performance analysis either by analytical methods or by simulation. These results are applied to several examples including reentrant lines, generalized Jackson networks, and a general polling model as found in computer networks applications. Keywords: Multiclass queueing networks, ergodicity, general state space Markov processes, polling models, generalized Jackson networks, stability, performance analysis. 1 Introduction The subject of this paper is open multiclass queueing networks, which are models of complex systems such as wafer fabri...
The o.d.e. method for convergence of stochastic approximation and reinforcement learning
 SIAM J. CONTROL OPTIM
, 2000
"... It is shown here that stability of the stochastic approximation algorithm is implied by the asymptotic stability of the origin for an associated ODE. This in turn implies convergence of the algorithm. Several specific classes of algorithms are considered as applications. It is found that the result ..."
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It is shown here that stability of the stochastic approximation algorithm is implied by the asymptotic stability of the origin for an associated ODE. This in turn implies convergence of the algorithm. Several specific classes of algorithms are considered as applications. It is found that the results provide (i) a simpler derivation of known results for reinforcement learning algorithms; (ii) a proof for the first time that a class of asynchronous stochastic approximation algorithms are convergent without using any a priori assumption of stability; (iii) a proof for the first time that asynchronous adaptive critic and Qlearning algorithms are convergent for the average cost optimal control problem.
Adversarial Queuing Theory
, 2001
"... We consider packet routing when packets are injected continuously into a network. We develop an adversarial theory of queuing aimed at addressing some of the restrictions inherent in probabilistic analysis and queuing theory based on timeinvariant stochastic generation. We examine the stability of ..."
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We consider packet routing when packets are injected continuously into a network. We develop an adversarial theory of queuing aimed at addressing some of the restrictions inherent in probabilistic analysis and queuing theory based on timeinvariant stochastic generation. We examine the stability of queuing networks and policies when the arrival process is adversarial, and provide some preliminary results in this direction. Our approach sheds light on various queuing policies in simple networks, and paves the way for a systematic study of queuing with few or no probabilistic assumptions.
Contact centers with a callback option and realtime delay information
 Operations Research
, 2004
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Fluid Approximations And Stability Of Multiclass Queueing Networks: WorkConserving Disciplines
, 1995
"... This paper studies the fluid approximation (also known as the functional strong lawoflargenumbers) and the stability (positive Harris recurrent) for a multiclass queueing network. Both of these are related to the stabilities of a linear fluid model, constructed from the firstorder parameters (i. ..."
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This paper studies the fluid approximation (also known as the functional strong lawoflargenumbers) and the stability (positive Harris recurrent) for a multiclass queueing network. Both of these are related to the stabilities of a linear fluid model, constructed from the firstorder parameters (i.e., longrun average arrivals, services and routings) of the queueing network. It is proved that the fluid approximation for the queueing network exists if the corresponding linear fluid model is weakly stable, and that the queueing network is stable if the corresponding linear fluid model is (strongly) stable. Sufficient conditions are found for the stabilities of a linear fluid model. Keywords and phrases: Multiclass queueing networks, fluid models, fluid approximations, stability, positive Harris recurrent, and workconserving service disciplines. Preliminary Versions: September 1993 Revisions: June 1994; September 1994; January 1995 To appear in Annals of Applied Probability AMS 1980 su...
Constanttime distributed scheduling policies for ad hoc wireless networks
 in Proceedings of IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
, 2006
"... Abstract — We propose two new distributed scheduling policies for ad hoc wireless networks that can achieve provable capacity regions. Known scheduling policies that guarantee comparable capacity regions are either centralized or need computation time that increases with the size of the network. In ..."
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Abstract — We propose two new distributed scheduling policies for ad hoc wireless networks that can achieve provable capacity regions. Known scheduling policies that guarantee comparable capacity regions are either centralized or need computation time that increases with the size of the network. In contrast, the unique feature of the proposed distributed scheduling policies is that they are constanttime policies, i.e., the time needed for computing a schedule is independent of the network size. Hence, they can be easily deployed in large networks. I.
Randomized decentralized broadcasting algorithms
 In INFOCOM
, 2007
"... Abstract — We consider the problem of broadcasting a live stream of data in an unstructured network. The broadcasting problem has been studied extensively for edgecapacitated networks. We give the first proof that whenever demand λ + ε is feasible for ε>0, a simple localcontrol algorithm is sta ..."
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Abstract — We consider the problem of broadcasting a live stream of data in an unstructured network. The broadcasting problem has been studied extensively for edgecapacitated networks. We give the first proof that whenever demand λ + ε is feasible for ε>0, a simple localcontrol algorithm is stable under demand λ, and as a corollary a famous theorem of Edmonds. We then study the nodecapacitated case and show a similar optimality result for the complete graph. We study through simulation the delay that users must wait in order to playback a video stream with a small number of skipped packets, and discuss the suitability of our algorithms for live video streaming. I.
Performance of Random Access Scheduling Schemes in Multihop Wireless Networks
"... The scheduling problem in multihop wireless networks has been extensively investigated. Although throughput optimal scheduling solutions have been developed in the literature, they are unsuitable for multihop wireless systems because they are usually centralized and have very high complexity. In ..."
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The scheduling problem in multihop wireless networks has been extensively investigated. Although throughput optimal scheduling solutions have been developed in the literature, they are unsuitable for multihop wireless systems because they are usually centralized and have very high complexity. In this paper, we develop a randomaccess based scheduling scheme that utilizes local information. The important features of this scheme include constanttime complexity, distributed operations, and a provable performance guarantee. Analytical results show that it guarantees a larger fraction of the optimal throughput performance than the stateoftheart. Through simulations with both singlehop and multihop traffics, we observe that the scheme provides high throughput, close to that of a wellknown highlyefficient centralized greedy solution called the Greedy Maximal Scheduler.