EPSRC/DTI funded:Resource Allocation Management Systems


The Partners

Now finished. This site is provided at the request of the DTI, and is done so free of charge by UCL. Maintenance hereafter will be limited. An HPIP project, under the Information Communication Technologies (ICT)

The DTI's UK online for business exists to help UK small businesses exploit the business benefits of Information Communication Technologies (ICT) - a major driver of competitiveness. We made a final presentation of our work at the HPIP workshop.

The project had an Open Day at UCL, just after the end of the technical work, at which UCL, WDI and Prism Technologies will be demonstrating and talking about their work. This occurred on January the 16th, 1997. An outline of the day.

Project Documentation

Mail lists and minutes of the kickoff first second third fourth and final project meetings are available. and the text of a talk at the DTI HPIP Feb 96 Workshop

If you are interested in the misuse of the term bandwidth by computer scientists, have a look at this list of papers that refer to digital channel residual error free capacity as bandwidth....seems to be acceptable now!

Acronyms Expanded

The Project

In the last few years the Internet has experienced phenomenal growth. Commercial companies now account for more than half the users of the network and increasingly they are using the Internet protocols in their internal networks. Demand for network resources is outstripping availability. This raises questions about how the finite resources in networks should be allocated. A major problem is ensuring that critical business applications receive appropriate resources so that they can operate reliably and efficiently.

This case for support from the LINK scheme outlines a novel programme of research aimed at addressing just such a problem. It will first analyse the data traffic patterns of applications in operational commercial networks that use the Internet protocols. The programme will then use the results of this analysis to develop a network management system that will distribute resources in such a way that key applications can receive priority without impairing the performance of other applications.

As distributed applications become more crucial to corporate competitiveness, network congestion becomes a more serious issue. The proposal addresses this problem, but does so in a way that accounts for commercial requirements from the outset, giving network administrators the degree of visibility and control over their installations that they demand.

The aim of this project is to examine the interaction between distributed applications and the network, and to develop a resource allocation management system which can be used to ensure that critical applications have the network resources they need to operate efficiently. This system will operate by providing sources of network traffic information on the state of the network using standard network management protocols. Two methods of controlling the sources of network traffic will be investigated. One method will be through the manipulation of the protocol stack software on individual machines, controlled to a resolution that affects the traffic injected into the network by different applications. The other approach will involve controlling the application directly in order to change the volume of network traffic it generates. The resource allocation management system will be demonstrated by the development of a prototype.

The original proposal details are a tad different from how the project has ended up.

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