Paper in proceedings, 2010

A key property of overlay networks, that is going to play an
important part in future networking solutions, is the peers'
ability to establish connections with other peers based on some suitability metric related to e.g. the node's distance,
interests, recommendations, transaction history or available
resources. Each node may choose individually an appropriate
metric and try to connect or be matched with the available
peers that it considers best. When there are no preference
cycles among the peers, it has been proven that a stable
matching exists, where peers have maximized the individual
satisfaction gleaned of their choices. However, no such
guarantees are currently being given for the cases where cycles may exist and known methods may not be able to resolve ``oscillations'' in preference-based connectivity and reach stability. In this work we present a simple yet powerful distributed algorithm that uses aggregate satisfaction as an optimization metric. The algorithm is a generalization of a known elegant approximation one-to-one matching algorithm, into the many-to-many case. We prove that the total satisfaction achieved by our algorithm is a $\frac{1}{4}\left( {1 + \frac{1}{{{b_{\max }}}}} \right)$-approximation of the maximum total satisfaction in the network, where $b_{\max}$ is the maximum number of possible connections of a peer in the overlay.

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Networks and Systems (Chalmers)

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Networks and Systems (Chalmers)

1530-2075 (ISSN)

Information and Communication Technology

Energy

Computer Science

Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering

978-1-4244-6442-5