Operations, Information and Decisions Papers

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

6-2012

Publication Source

Information Systems Research

Volume

23

Issue

2

Start Page

356

Last Page

375

DOI

10.1287/isre.1110.0347

Abstract

Cooperative caching is a popular mechanism to allow an array of distributed caches to cooperate and serve each others’ Web requests. Controlling duplication of documents across cooperating caches is a challenging problem faced by cache managers. In this paper, we study the economics of document duplication in strategic and nonstrategic settings. We have three primary findings. First, we find that the optimum level of duplication at a cache is nondecreasing in intercache latency, cache size, and extent of request locality. Second, in situations in which cache peering spans organizations, we find that the interaction between caches is a game of strategic substitutes wherein a cache employs lesser resources towards eliminating duplicate documents when the other caches employs more resources towards eliminating duplicate documents at that cache. Thus, a significant challenge will be to simultaneously induce multiple caches to contribute more resources towards reducing duplicate documents in the system. Finally, centralized decision making, which as expected provides improvements in average latency over a decentralized setup, can entail highly asymmetric duplication levels at the caches. This in turn can benefit one set of users at the expense of the other, and thus will be challenging to implement.

Keywords

Web caching, cooperative caching, duplication in caching, analytical modeling, incentive-centered design, game theory

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Date Posted: 27 November 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.