Scalability and Robustness of a Market-Based Network Resource Allocation System

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This paper considers issues related to scalability and robustness in designing a market-based multi-agent system that allocates bandwidth in a communications network. Specically, an empirical evaluation is carried out to assess the system performance under a variety of design congurations in order to provide an insight into network deployment issues. This extends the previous work in which the authors developed an application that makes use of market-based software agents that compete in decentralised marketplaces to buy and sell bandwidth resources.