Is max-min fairness achievable in the presence of insubordinate users?

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-122
Journal / PublicationIEEE Communications Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2002


Enforcement of max-rain fairness encourages end users to implement adaptive end-to-end flow control. Unfortunately, there can be insubordinate users who ignore congestion and cause performance degradation to others. The commonly used max-min fairness definition that treats insubordinate users fairly causes inefficiency. We demonstrate that a strict priority regime can protect the cooperative users so that they enjoy fair and efficient service. We also demonstrate that this cannot be achieved by weighted class fairness.

Research Area(s)

  • Congestion control, Fairness, Flow control