On the Efficiency of Nash Equilibria in the Interference Channel with Noisy Feedback

Conference: European Wireless 2017 - 23th European Wireless Conference
05/17/2017 - 05/19/2017 at Dresden, Germany

Proceedings: European Wireless 2017

Pages: 6Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Quintero, Victor; Perlaza, Samir (INRIA, France)
Gorce, Jean-Marie (INSA-Lyon & CITI, Inria, France)

In this paper, the price of anarchy (PoA) and the price of stability (PoS) of the η-Nash equilibria (η-NEs), of the two-user linear deterministic interference channel with noisy channel-output feedback are characterized, with η > 0 arbitrarily small. The price of anarchy is the ratio between the sum-rate capacity and the smallest sum-rate at an η-NE. Alternatively, the price of stability is the ratio between the sumrate capacity and the biggest sum-rate at an η-NE. Some of the main conclusions of this work are the following: (a) When both transmitter-receiver pairs are in the low-interference regime, the PoA can be made arbitrarily close to one as η approaches zero, subject to a particular condition. More specifically, there are scenarios in which even the worst η-NE (in terms of sumrate) is arbitrarily close to the Pareto boundary of the capacity region. (b) The use of feedback plays a fundamental role on increasing the PoA in some interference regimes. This is basically because in these regimes, the use of feedback increases the sumcapacity, whereas the smallest sum-rate at an η-NE remains the same as in the case without feedback. (c) The PoS is equal to one in all the interference regimes. This implies that there always exists an η-NE in the Pareto boundary of the capacity region. The conclusions of this work reveal the relevance of jointly using equilibrium selection methods and channel-output feedback for reducing the effect of anarchical behavior of the network components in the η-NE sum-rate of the interference channel.