3rd Workshop on Economic Traffic Management (ETM)
Collocated with 22nd International Teletraffic Congress (ITC 22)
September 6, 2010, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Paper submission was open at http://edas.info/N8911, now closed. Proceedings appeared in Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science Vol. 6236 (LNCS) and are now available in the on-line version at http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-3-642-15484-3/ .
Economic perspectives in network management have recently attracted a high level of attention. The 3rdWorkshop on "Economic Traffic Management (ETM)" is the continuation of two successful events that were held at the University of Zurich in years 2008 and 2009. The main objective of the 3rd workshop on ETM (supported by the FP7 STREP SmoothIT) is to give scientists, researchers, and operators the opportunity to present innovative research on ETM, to discuss new related ideas and directions, as well as to strengthen cooperation in this field of economics-technology interplay. Being co-located with ITC22, the 3rdWorkshop on ETM will bring together a new and fast-growing scientific community.
The workshop is technically sponsored by Euro-NF.
A multitude of different players are simultaneously active in the Internet. While they complement each other in order for services to be offered to users, each of them has his own incentives and interests. To enable a Win-Win situation for all the involved players, (basically, the end users, the ISPs and telecommunication operators, and the service providers), a new, incentive-based concept is recently employed, which is referred to as Economic Traffic Management (ETM). ETM aims at improving efficiency within the network (e.g. by reducing costs), while also improving the Quality-of-Experience (QoE) for end users of applications. In view of the dramatic increase of overlay traffic, driven among others by Peer-to-Peer (P2P) applications, more traditional optimization approaches (e.g. route optimizations or traffic management) now tend to be superseded by ETM solutions. Such solutions take into account the interactions among the various players and employ mechanisms that tend to lead the system to a viable equilibrium, where each of the players still pursues his own interests and no further coordination has to be assumed.
In fact ETM is particularly suitable to cases involving millions of individual users injecting traffic into the networks of multiple interacting network service providers, possibly acting on different tiers and pursuing different incentives. Due to the decentralization of these players and to the commercialization of service offerings, a scalable and economically-driven approach offers a wider range of interesting alternatives for optimization, traffic management, network management, and respective legal views in general. Finally, besides these advantages, ETM also serves the increasing importance of Socio-economic studies in the Future Internet, since its ultimate goal is the improvement of QoE for end users, yet in a sustainable way.
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