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As a result of perceived limitations of TCP/IP in supporting high throughput applications, significant efforts have recently been devoted to develop alternative architectures based on the concept of advance channel reservation. In this paper, the authors develop a polynomial-time algorithmic framework, called Graded Channel Reservation (GCR), to support the implementation of such architectures. This framework enables users to specify minimum bandwidth and duration requirements for their connections. Upon receiving a request, GCR returns the highest graded path, selected according to a general, multi-criteria optimization objective.
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