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New report available! Cooperation Strategies and Incentives (Deliverable D3.4)

News date: 
Fri, 2012-03-23

The UniverSelf project is proud to announce the release of its third in a series of technical reports on:

Deliverable D3.4 - Cooperation strategies and incentives.

The report can be accessed under the Dissemination/Technical Reports section, or directly at the following link http://www.univerself-project.eu/technical-reports.


The main goal of the Task 3.4 “Cooperation strategies and incentives” is “identifying methods and strategies best-suited for cooperation of entities in the relevant use cases” (DoW). Towards this end, this deliverable, which is the first result of this task, presents the outcomes of the project’s ongoing effort in this direction. In contrast to deliverables D3.1 and D3.2/D3.3 that are the outcome of tasks T3.2 and T3.3, the main focus of D3.4 is not to provide methods or learning techniques to improve the performance of the individual optimisation engines of different entities in the network but to examine how such interacting entities can jointly (co)operate in a constructive way. In a way, these individual optimisation engines elaborated in isolation the tasks T3.2 and T3.3 are treated in a joint manner in the task T3.4.

More specifically following the identification of related problems in the project use cases through the use case definition and refinement process, where the role of cooperation can be considered imperative, this deliverable puts forward specific cooperation strategies to address these problems while ensuring at the same time that they are compliant with the existing UMF design and specification.

This deliverable addresses the role of cooperation strategies in three different domains and provides cooperation strategies that are tailored for these specific targeted areas; that are:

  • Cooperation strategies for traffic engineering,
  • Cooperation strategies for Self Organising Networks (SONs), and
  • Cooperation strategies for network stability

Section2 puts its focus on entities running traffic engineering optimisations; it explains the issues that may arise in such cases in a non-cooperative environment and puts forward specific cooperation strategies that can overcome these issues.

Section3 focuses on the wireless access domain and provides both a mathematical model capable of coordinating interacting and conflicting functionalities as well as some practical examples as instantiations of this mathematical formulation.

Finally, Section4 identifies and reflects on more generic network stability issues and presents design principle and methodologies as well as tools (formal verification) for pinpointing but also overcoming their detrimental effects.

The deliverable concludes by summarising the outcomes of these ongoing activities under task T3.4, their importance for addressing the project use case and achieving the overall project objectives and the task’s future steps.

In addition, extensive auxiliary entries in the appendix present details background and the state of the art analysis in the aforementioned areas as well as some more technical details of the proposed strategies in this deliverable.