Using Collective Intelligence to Route Internet Traffic

Part of Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 11 (NIPS 1998)

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David Wolpert, Kagan Tumer, Jeremy Frank


A COllective INtelligence (COIN) is a set of interacting reinforce(cid:173) ment learning (RL) algorithms designed in an automated fashion so that their collective behavior optimizes a global utility function. We summarize the theory of COINs, then present experiments us(cid:173) ing that theory to design COINs to control internet traffic routing. These experiments indicate that COINs outperform all previously investigated RL-based, shortest path routing algorithms.