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Problems of Decentralized Control: Using Randomized Coordination to Deal with Uncertainty and Avoid Conflicts *

By Joseph Pasquale

Abstract

We explore certain problems that inhibit coordination in distributed systems based on decentralized control. The most fundamental of these problems are those due to state-information uncertainty and mutually conflicting decisions. We present an integrated view of a series of experiments we carried out in previous studies, showing the common thread of how randomization can be used to directly attack the fundamental problems of decentralized control, and we show the resultant performance gains that are achieved.

Year: 2009
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