EECS 290Q: Project Abstracts
A pricing based interface system between the user and a multi-service
The Internet is now undergoing a major reconstruction from an
educational project to a privately owned network. Once the Internet is run
entirely by commercial carriers, all costs and profits will be recovered
through charges and pricing schemes. Internet service providers will face
the problem of bandwidth allocation and cost recovery for the usage of the
congestible resource, which will be shared by many users.
In the new competitive environment providers, who will manage
to achieve efficient network utilization will be able to maximize their
profits and expand their capacity. It is expected that those providers will
win the market, who will have the capability to meter individual user
traffic. It would be essential to present users with prices and charges
in a way that encourages them to declare the amount of individual usage
before the call admission. If the statistical properties of the calls
are known, then they could be effectively integrated through statistical
I propose a user interface, which is intended to help individual
users declare their network usage per connection. The characteristics of
the usage propagate to the admission controller and the backbone network
and allow for efficient integration of calls to share a common resource.
Stimulation of users to declare their bandwidth with maximum accurately
is achieved through a proposed pricing scheme. Users are charged for
the declared usage and are penalized for going "over-board".
UCB Networking / Matt Siler email@example.com/ April 19, 1996