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Distributed Load Balancing in Heterogenous Systems
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Automatic Control.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Automatic Control.
2014 (English)In: 2014 48TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SYSTEMS (CISS), 2014, 6814133- p.Conference paper (Refereed)
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We consider the problem of distributed load balancing in heterogenous parallel server systems, where the service rate achieved by a user at a server depends on both the user and the server. Such heterogeneity typically arises in wireless networks (e.g., servers may represent frequency bands, and the service rate of a user varies across bands). Users select servers in a distributed manner. They initially attach to an arbitrary server. However, at random instants of time, they may probe the load at a new server and migrate there to improve their service rate. We analyze the system dynamics under the natural Random Local Search (RLS) migration scheme, introduced in [5]. Under this scheme, when a user has the opportunity to switch servers, she does it only if this improves her service rate. The dynamics under RLS may be interpreted as those generated by strategic players updating their strategy in a load balancing game. We show that this game has pure Nash Equilibriums (NEs), and we analyze their efficiency. We further prove that when the user population grows large, pure NEs get closer to a Proportionally Fair (PF) allocation of users to servers, and we characterize the gap between equilibriums and this ideal allocation depending on user population. Under the RLS algorithm, the system converges to pure NEs: we study the time it takes for the system to reach the PF allocation within a certain margin.

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2014. 6814133- p.
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Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-166522DOI: 10.1109/CISS.2014.6814133ISI: 000351998300066ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84901474975ISBN: 978-1-4799-3001-2OAI: diva2:811517
48th Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS), MAR 19-21, 2014, Princeton, USA

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Available from: 2015-05-12 Created: 2015-05-11 Last updated: 2015-06-11Bibliographically approved

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