What if delivering bandwidth worked like an auction, where business bid for the right to transfer their traffic depending on how crowded the network is? That’s the idea behind an article written by IBM’s (s ibm) Tinniam V Ganesh over at telcomaisia. Ganesh, an infrastructure architect at IBM India, says such a process is possible using software defined networks that can intelligently route traffic and can be programmed to follow auction-based rules.

Because of that he envisions a way to price bandwidth based on network congestion and availability asking, “Why cannot we have an intelligent network in place in which price of different data transfer rates vary depending on the time of the day, the type of traffic and the quality of service required?” He believes that software defined networks, and specifically the Open Flow protocol, could make it possible for different devices to bid for bandwidth based…

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