Self-Interested Routing in Queuing Networks

Management Science, Vol. 50, No. 7, 2004

37 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2004

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Sunil Kumar

Independent

Ali K. Parlakturk

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Operations Area

Abstract

We study self-interested routing in stochastic networks, taking into account the discrete stochastic dynamics of such networks. We analyze a two station multiclass queueing network in which the system manager chooses the scheduling rule used, and individual customers choose routes in a self-interested manner. We show that this network can be unstable in Nash equilibrium under some scheduling rules. We also design a non-trivial scheduling rule that negates the performance degradation due to self-interested routing and achieves a Nash equilibrium with performance comparable to the first-best solution.

Suggested Citation

Kumar, Sunil and Parlakturk, Ali K., Self-Interested Routing in Queuing Networks. Management Science, Vol. 50, No. 7, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=561424

Sunil Kumar

Independent

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Ali K. Parlakturk

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Operations Area ( email )

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