Optimization of transport protocols with path-length constraints in complex networks

Ramasco, José, de La Lama, Marta, López, Eduardo and Boettcher, Stefan (2010) Optimization of transport protocols with path-length constraints in complex networks. Physical Review E (Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics), 82 (3). 036119.


We propose a protocol optimization technique that is applicable to both weighted and unweighted graphs. Our aim is to explore by how much a small variation around the shortest-path or optimal-path protocols can enhance protocol performance. Such an optimization strategy can be necessary because even though some protocols can achieve very high traffic tolerance levels, this is commonly done by enlarging the path lengths, which may jeopardize scalability. We use ideas borrowed from extremal optimization to guide our algorithm, which proves to be an effective technique. Our method exploits the degeneracy of the paths or their close-weight alternatives, which significantly improves the scalability of the protocols in comparison to shortest-path or optimal-path protocols, keeping at the same time almost intact the length or weight of the paths. This characteristic ensures that the optimized routing protocols are composed of paths that are quick to traverse, avoiding negative effects in data communication due to path-length increases that can become specially relevant when information losses are present.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Routing strategy; Betweenness centrality; Traffic capacity; Scale-free network
Subject(s): Complexity
Centre: CABDyN Complexity Centre
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2012 19:17
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:06
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/2307

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