DFKI Research Report-99-04

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RR-99-04



Language: English

by Gero Vierke, Christian Ruß

The Matrix Auction: A Mechanism for the Market-Based Coordination of Enterprise Networks

11 Pages

Abstract

We argue that a network of shipping companies, that cooperatively executes transportation tasks, can be viewed as a special instance of a virtual enterprise. We propose the matrix auction as an efficient, incentive compatible allocation mechanism for virtual transportation enterprises. The implementation of the matrix auction in a multi-agent fleet scheduling system is described, and we were able to observe a significant improvement of the task allocation.

Zusammenfassung

In diesem Beitrag wird ein Ansatz vorgestellt, die Matrix Auktion, einen effizienten, anreizkompatiblen Allokationsmechanismus, als Koordinationswerkzeug für einen Speditionsverbund einzusetzen. Einen Verbund von Speditionen, die ihre Transportressourcen bündeln, um gemeinsam kooperative Transportdienstleistungen zu erbringen, bezeichnen wir als ein Virtuelles Transportunternehmen. Wir beschreiben eine Implementierung der Matrix Auktion im Rahmen eines Multiagentensystems zum Flottenmanagement, die es ermöglicht, die Auftragsallokation signifikant zu verbessern.

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