Fairer Allocation of Link Capacity Through Information Feedback

P. Österberg and T. Zhang (Sweden)


Networking, multicasting, bandwidth allocation, and fairness


In this paper, a bandwidth-allocation policy that is fairer and more bandwidth efficient than any other existing policy, is presented. The fairness is measured with the multicast-favorable max-min fairness (MFMF) definition as reference. The improvements introduced by our policy are achieved through feedback of information regarding the bottleneck link of all the downstream receivers of each flow. According to this information, the router nodes can locally allocate the link capacities in line with the MFMF definition.

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