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A rent-seeking framework for Multipath TCP

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posted on 01.12.2020, 00:00 authored by Shiva PokhrelShiva Pokhrel, C Williamson
Network utility maximization (NUM) for Multipath TCP (MPTCP) is a challenging task, since there is no well-defined utility function for MPTCP [6]. In this paper, we identify the conditions under which we can use Kelly's NUM mechanism, and explicitly compute the equilibrium. We obtain this equilibrium by using Tullock's rent-seeking framework from game theory to define a utility function for MPTCP. This approach allows us to design MPTCP algorithms with common delay and/or loss constraints at the subflow level. Furthermore, this utility function has diagonal strict concavity, which guarantees a globally unique (normalized) equilibrium.

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Journal

Performance evaluation review

Volume

48

Issue

3

Pagination

63 - 70

Publisher

Association for Computing Machinery

Location

New York, N.Y.

ISSN

0163-5999

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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