Accession Number : ADA264478


Title :   A Market-Oriented Programming Environment and Its Application to Distributed Multicommodity Flow Problems


Descriptive Note : Final rept. Aug 1989-Jul 1992


Corporate Author : WRIGHT LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH AVIONICS DIRECTORATE


Personal Author(s) : Wellman, Michael P


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a264478.pdf


Report Date : Oct 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 33


Abstract : Market price mechanisms from economics provide a common and well- studied framework for coordinating decentralized decision processes with minimal communication. WALRAS is a general 'market-oriented programming' environment for the construction and analysis of distributed resource allocation systems, based on general-equilibrium theory. The environment provides basic constructs for defining computational market structures, and a procedure for deriving their corresponding competitive equilibria. In a particular realization of this approach for a form of multicommodity flow problem, we see that careful construction of the decision process according to economic principles can lead to effective decentralization, and that the behavior of the system can be meaningfully analyzed in economic terms.


Descriptors :   *TRANSPORTATION , *MARKETING , *DECISION MAKING , *DISTRIBUTED DATA PROCESSING , *DISTRIBUTION(ECONOMICS) , *DECENTRALIZATION , *ECONOMICS , ENVIRONMENTS , THEORY , EQUILIBRIUM(GENERAL) , ALLOCATIONS , RESOURCES , FLOW , CARGO HANDLING


Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Computer Programming and Software
      Surface Transportation and Equipment


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE