The Internet is comprised of vast networks of wires and fiber. A common misconception is that there is an unlimited amount of bandwidth; in reality there exists only a finite amount. Each length of wire and fiber is owned by a company, and every company wants to maximize its profit. One means of improving profit is to overbook existing transmission lines in order to increase income without increasing expenses. If too much overbooking is performed, the Quality of Service (QoS) seen by customers will decline. This paper explains a process to achieve an optimal Overbooking Ratio (OR) for admission control in network routers. By optimizing the overbooking ratio, profits can be increased while minimizing QoS problems for users.
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