The invention provides methods and systems for assisting in the redistribution of resources between entities each having sets of tasks which must be performed, pools of resources for performing tasks, and a manager capable of reviewing the tasks and the resources of the entity and determining therefrom surplus resources not required for the performance of the tasks of that entity, and sought-after resources required for the performance of tasks not able to be met by the resources of that entity. The method comprises: receiving offers of surplus resources and requests of sought-after resources from each entity; subjecting received offers and requests to an optimisation procedure to determine a set of matched pairs, each pair comprising an offer received from an entity and a request received from another entity, said offer and request having corresponding characteristics; and communicating information relating to matched pairs to the respective entities.

Title
Redistribution of resources
Application Number
10/853710
Publication Number
20040249743
Application Date
May 26, 2004
Publication Date
December 9, 2004
Inventor
Lyndon Chi Hang Lee
George Anim Ansah
Christos Voudouris
Gilbert Kwame Owusu
Botand Istvan Virginas
Agent
Nixon & Vanderhye PC
VA, US
Assignee
BRITISH TELECOMMUNICATIONS public company
IPC
G06F 17/60
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