Resource allocation pattern in infrastructure networks

Dong Hee Kim*, Adilson E. Motter

*Corresponding author for this work

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Most infrastructure networks evolve and operate in a decentralized fashion, which may adversely impact the allocation of resources across the system. Here we investigate this question by focusing on the relation between capacity and load in various such networks. We find that, due to network traffic fluctuations, real systems tend to have larger unoccupied portions of the capacities - smaller load-to-capacity ratios - on network elements with smaller capacities, which contrasts with key assumptions involved in previous studies. This finding suggests that infrastructure networks have evolved to minimize local failures but not necessarily large-scale failures that can be caused by the cascading spread of local damage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number224019
JournalJournal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical
Issue number22
StatePublished - Jun 6 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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