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A Duality Model of TCP and Queue Management Algorithms
 IEEE/ACM Trans. on Networking
, 2002
"... We propose a duality model of congestion control and apply it to understand the equilibrium properties of TCP and active queue management schemes. Congestion control is the interaction of source rates with certain congestion measures at network links. The basic idea is to regard source rates as p ..."
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We propose a duality model of congestion control and apply it to understand the equilibrium properties of TCP and active queue management schemes. Congestion control is the interaction of source rates with certain congestion measures at network links. The basic idea is to regard source rates as primal variables and congestion measures as dual variables, and congestion control as a distributed primaldual algorithm carried out over the Internet to maximize aggregate utility subject to capacity constraints. The primal iteration is carried out by TCP algorithms such as Reno or Vegas, and the dual iteration is carried out by queue management such as DropTail, RED or REM. We present these algorithms and their generalizations, derive their utility functions, and study their interaction.
REM: Active Queue Management
 IEEE NETWORK
, 2000
"... REM is an active queue management scheme that measures congestion not by a performance measure such as loss or delay, but by a quantity we call price. Price is computed by each link distributively using local information and is fed back to the sources through packet dropping or marking. This decoupl ..."
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REM is an active queue management scheme that measures congestion not by a performance measure such as loss or delay, but by a quantity we call price. Price is computed by each link distributively using local information and is fed back to the sources through packet dropping or marking. This decoupling of congestion and performance measures allows REM to achieve high utilization with negligible delays and buffer overflow regardless of the number of. sources. We prove that REM is asymptotically stable and compare its performance with RED using simulations.
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.
Mathematical modelling of the Internet
"... Modern communication networks are able to respond to randomly uctuating demands and failures by adapting rates, by rerouting traffic and by reallocating resources. They are able to do this so well that, in many respects, largescale networks appear as coherent, almost intelligent, organisms. The des ..."
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Modern communication networks are able to respond to randomly uctuating demands and failures by adapting rates, by rerouting traffic and by reallocating resources. They are able to do this so well that, in many respects, largescale networks appear as coherent, almost intelligent, organisms. The design and control of such networks present challenges of a mathematical, engineering and economic nature. This paper outlines how mathematical models are being used to address current issues concerning the stability and fairness of rate control algorithms for the Internet.
Tsitsiklis. Efficiency loss in a network resource allocation game
 Mathematics of Operations Research
"... We consider a resource allocation problem where individual users wish to send data across a network to maximize their utility, and a cost is incurred at each link that depends on the total rate sent through the link. It is known that as long as users do not anticipate the effect of their actions on ..."
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We consider a resource allocation problem where individual users wish to send data across a network to maximize their utility, and a cost is incurred at each link that depends on the total rate sent through the link. It is known that as long as users do not anticipate the effect of their actions on prices, a simple proportional pricing mechanism can maximize the sum of users’ utilities minus the cost (called aggregate surplus). Continuing previous efforts to quantify the effects of selfish behavior in network pricing mechanisms, we consider the possibility that users anticipate the effect of their actions on link prices. Under the assumption that the links’ marginal cost functions are convex, we establish existence of a Nash equilibrium. We show that the aggregate surplus at a Nash equilibrium is no worse than a factor of 4 √ 2 − 5 times the optimal aggregate surplus; thus, the efficiency loss when users are selfish is no more than approximately 34%. The current Internet is used by a widely heterogeneous population of users; not only are different types of traffic sharing the same network, but different end users place different values on their perceived network performance. This has led to a surge of interest in congestion pricing, where
A tutorial on crosslayer optimization in wireless networks
 IEEE JOURNAL ON SELECTED AREAS IN COMMUNICATIONS
, 2006
"... This tutorial paper overviews recent developments in optimization based approaches for resource allocation problems in wireless systems. We begin by overviewing important results in the area of opportunistic (channelaware) scheduling for cellular (singlehop) networks, where easily implementable my ..."
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This tutorial paper overviews recent developments in optimization based approaches for resource allocation problems in wireless systems. We begin by overviewing important results in the area of opportunistic (channelaware) scheduling for cellular (singlehop) networks, where easily implementable myopic policies are shown to optimize system performance. We then describe key lessons learned and the main obstacles in extending the work to general resource allocation problems for multihop wireless networks. Towards this end, we show that a cleanslate optimization based approach to the multihop resource allocation problem naturally results in a “loosely coupled” crosslayer solution. That is, the algorithms obtained map to different layers (transport, network, and MAC/PHY) of the protocol stack are coupled through a limited amount of information being passed back and forth. It turns out that the optimal scheduling component at the MAC layer is very complex and thus needs simpler (potentially imperfect) distributed solutions. We demonstrate how to use imperfect scheduling in the crosslayer framework and describe recently developed distributed algorithms along these lines. We conclude by describing a set of open research problems.
Crosslayer congestion control, routing and scheduling design in ad hoc wireless networks
 Proc. IEEE Infocom
, 2006
"... Abstract — This paper considers jointly optimal design of crosslayer congestion control, routing and scheduling for ad hoc wireless networks. We first formulate the rate constraint and scheduling constraint using multicommodity flow variables, and formulate resource allocation in networks with fixed ..."
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Abstract — This paper considers jointly optimal design of crosslayer congestion control, routing and scheduling for ad hoc wireless networks. We first formulate the rate constraint and scheduling constraint using multicommodity flow variables, and formulate resource allocation in networks with fixed wireless channels (or singlerate wireless devices that can mask channel variations) as a utility maximization problem with these constraints. By dual decomposition, the resource allocation problem naturally decomposes into three subproblems: congestion control, routing and scheduling that interact through congestion price. The global convergence property of this algorithm is proved. We next extend the dual algorithm to handle networks with timevarying channels and adaptive multirate devices. The stability of the resulting system is established, and its performance is characterized with respect to an ideal reference system which has the best feasible rate region at link layer. We then generalize the aforementioned results to a general model of queueing network served by a set of interdependent parallel servers with timevarying service capabilities, which models many design problems in communication networks. We show that for a general convex optimization problem where a subset of variables lie in a polytope and the rest in a convex set, the dualbased algorithm remains stable and optimal when the constraint set is modulated by an irreducible finitestate Markov chain. This paper thus presents a step toward a systematic way to carry out crosslayer design in the framework of “layering as optimization decomposition ” for timevarying channel models. I.
Scalable Laws for Stable Network Congestion Control
 In Proceedings of Conference on Decision and Control
, 2001
"... This paper discusses flow control in networks, in which sources control their rates based on feedback signals received from the network links, a feature present in current TCP protocols. We develop a congestion control system which is arbitrarily scalable, in the sense that its stability is maintain ..."
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This paper discusses flow control in networks, in which sources control their rates based on feedback signals received from the network links, a feature present in current TCP protocols. We develop a congestion control system which is arbitrarily scalable, in the sense that its stability is maintained for arbitrary network topologies and arbitrary amounts of delay. Such a system can be implemented in a decentralized way with information currently available in networks plus a small amount of additional signaling.
Dynamics of TCP/RED and a Scalable Control
 IN PROCEEDINGS OF IEEE INFOCOM 2002
, 2002
"... We demonstrate that the dynamic behavior of queue and average window is determined predominantly by the stability of TCP/RED, not by AIMD probing nor noise traffic. We develop a general multilink multisource model for TCP/RED and derive a local stability condition in the case of a single link with ..."
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We demonstrate that the dynamic behavior of queue and average window is determined predominantly by the stability of TCP/RED, not by AIMD probing nor noise traffic. We develop a general multilink multisource model for TCP/RED and derive a local stability condition in the case of a single link with heterogeneous sources. We validate our model with simulations and illustrate the stability region of TCP/RED. These results suggest that TCP/RED becomes unstable when delay increases, or more strikingly, when link capacity increases. The analysis illustrates the difficulty of setting RED parameters to stabilize TCP: they can be tuned to improve stability, but only at the cost of large queues even when they are dynamically adjusted. Finally, we present a simple distributed congestion control algorithm that maintains stability for arbitrary network delay, capacity, load and topology.