## Abstract

We study a class of noncooperative general topology networks shared by N users. Each user has a given flow while it has to ship from a source to a destination. We consider a class of polynomial link cost functions, adopted originally in the context of road traffic modeling, and show that these costs have appealing properties that lead to predictable and efficient network flows. In particular, we show that the Nash equilibrium is unique, and is moreover efficient, i.e. it coincides with the solution of a corresponding global optimization problem with a single user. These properties make the cost structure attractive for traffic regulation and link pricing in telecommunication networks. We finally discuss the computation of the equilibrium in the special case of the affine cost structure for a topology of parallel links.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 1586-1593 |

Number of pages | 8 |

Journal | Proceedings - IEEE INFOCOM |

Volume | 3 |

State | Published - 2000 |

Externally published | Yes |

Event | 19th Annual Joint Conference of the IEEE Computer and Communications Societies - IEEE INFOCOM2000: 'Reaching the Promised Land of Communications' - Tel Aviv, Isr Duration: Mar 26 2000 → Mar 30 2000 |

## ASJC Scopus subject areas

- General Computer Science
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering