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Decentralized algorithms are examined for optimally distributing a divisible resource in a distributed computer system. To study this problem in a specific context, the problem of optimal file allocation is considered. In this case, the optimization criteria include both the communication cost and average processing delay associated with a file access. The algorithms examined have their origins
decentralized algorithms; microeconomic approach; optimal resource allocation; distributed computer systems; divisible resource; optimal file allocation; optimization criteria; communication cost; average processing delay; file access; mathematical economics; iteration; rapid convergence; convergence behavior; simulation; distributed processing; economic cybernetics; operations research.

R. Simha and J. Kurose, "A Microeconomic Approach to Optimal Resource Allocation in Distributed Computer Systems," in IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol. 38, no. , pp. 705-717, 1989.
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