## Convergence time to nash equilibria (2003)

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@INPROCEEDINGS{Even-dar03convergencetime,

author = {Eyal Even-dar and Alex Kesselman and Yishay Mansour},

title = {Convergence time to nash equilibria},

booktitle = {In ICALP},

year = {2003},

pages = {502--513},

publisher = {Springer-Verlag}

}

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Abstract. We study the number of steps required to reach a pure Nash Equilibrium in a load balancing scenario where each job behaves selfishly and attempts to migrate to a machine which will minimize its cost. We consider a variety of load balancing models, including identical, restricted, related and unrelated machines. Our results have a crucial dependence on the weights assigned to jobs. We consider arbitrary weights, integer weights, K distinct weights and identical (unit) weights. We look both at an arbitrary schedule (where the only restriction is that a job migrates to a machine which lowers its cost) and specific efficient schedulers (such as allowing the largest weight job to move first). 1

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Citation Context ...of unrelated, related and identical machines appears in Section 3, Section 4 and Section 5, respectively. We conclude with Section 6. Due to space limitations some proofs are omitted and can found in =-=[9]-=-. 2 Model Description In our load balancing scenario there are m parallel machines and n independent jobs. Each job selects exactly one machine. Machines Model. We consider identical, related and unre... |