Utility Based Fair Bandwidth Allocation

C. Touati, E. Altman, and J. Galtier (France)


Nash bargaining, bandwidth allocation, fairness.


For over a decade, the Nash Bargaining Solution (NBS) concept from cooperative game theory has been used in networks as a concept that allows one to share resources fairly. Due to its many appealing properties, it has recently been used for assigning bandwidth in a general topology network between applications that have linear utilities. In this paper, we use this concept for the band width allocation between applications with general concave utilities and focus on the case of quadratic utility.

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