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Distributed computing viewed as a team problem with constraints

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The optimal distribution of the workload in a system of interconnected computer units is considered. Formulated as a team decision problem with a singular cost criterion and with equality and inequality constraints, it is shown that the problem admits always a unique piecewise linear strategy which is globally optimal. Some interesting particular cases are studied.

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The research reported in this paper was made possible through support from the Office of Naval Research under the Joint Services Electronics Program by Contract No. N00014-75-C-0648 and Contract No. N00014-77-C-0531 and by the National Science Foundation, Grant No. ENG-76-11824.

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Ho, Y.C., Kurtaran, B. Distributed computing viewed as a team problem with constraints. J Optim Theory Appl 26, 351–365 (1978). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00933459

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Key words

  • Distributive computing
  • load optimization
  • team decision problems
  • decentralized control
  • quadratic programming with equality and inequality constraints
  • singular cost criterion
  • redundancy
  • Hadamard product