On scalable design of bandwidth brokers

Zhi Li Zhang, Zhenhai Duan, Yiwei Thomas Hou

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In this paper we study the scalability issue in the design of a centralized bandwidth broker model for dynamic control and management of QoS provisioning. We propose and develop a path-oriented, quota-based dynamic bandwidth allocation mechanism for efficient admission control operations under the centralized bandwidth broker model. We demonstrate that this dynamic bandwidth allocation mechanism can significantly reduce the overall number of QoS state accesses/updates, thereby increasing the overall call processing capability of the bandwidth broker. Based on the proposed dynamic bandwidth allocation mechanism, we also extend the centralized architecture with a single bandwidth broker to a hierarchically distributed architecture with multiple bandwidth brokers to further improve its scalability. Our study demonstrates that the bandwidth broker architecture can be designed in such a manner that it scales with the increase in the network capacity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2011-2025
Number of pages15
JournalIEICE Transactions on Communications
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2001


  • Admission control
  • Bandwidth broker
  • Internet
  • Quality of service
  • Resource reservation
  • Scalability


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