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Multimedia Communication
 Proceedings of the IEEE
, 1997
"... : Multimedia communication deals with the transfer, the protocols, services and mechanisms of discrete media data (such as text and graphics) and continuous media data (like audio and video) in/over digital networks. Such a communication requires all involved components to be capable of handling a w ..."
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: Multimedia communication deals with the transfer, the protocols, services and mechanisms of discrete media data (such as text and graphics) and continuous media data (like audio and video) in/over digital networks. Such a communication requires all involved components to be capable of handling a welldefined quality of service. The most important quality of service parameters are used to request (1) the required capacities of the involved resources, (2) compliance to endtoend delay and jitter as timing restrictions, and (3) restriction of the loss characteristics. In this paper we describe the necessary issues and we study the ability of current networks and communication systems to support distributed multimedia applications. Further, we discuss upcoming approaches and systems which promise to provide the necessary mechanisms and consider which issues are missing for a complete multimedia communication infrastructure. Keywords: multimedia, communication, quality of service, reser...
Homology flows, cohomology cuts
 ACM SYMPOSIUM ON THEORY OF COMPUTING
, 2009
"... We describe the first algorithms to compute maximum flows in surfaceembedded graphs in nearlinear time. Specifically, given an undirected graph embedded on an orientable surface of genus g, with two specified vertices s and t, we can compute a maximum (s, t)flow in O(g 7 n log 2 n log 2 C) time fo ..."
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We describe the first algorithms to compute maximum flows in surfaceembedded graphs in nearlinear time. Specifically, given an undirected graph embedded on an orientable surface of genus g, with two specified vertices s and t, we can compute a maximum (s, t)flow in O(g 7 n log 2 n log 2 C) time for integer capacities that sum to C, or in (g log n) O(g) n time for real capacities. Except for the special case of planar graphs, for which an O(n log n)time algorithm has been known for 20 years, the best previous time bounds for maximum flows in surfaceembedded graphs follow from algorithms for general sparse graphs. Our key insight is to optimize the relative homology class of the flow, rather than directly optimizing the flow itself. A dual formulation of our algorithm computes the minimumcost cycle or circulation in a given (real or integer) homology class.
Optimal Homologous Cycles, Total Unimodularity, and Linear Programming
, 2010
"... Given a simplicial complex with weights on its simplices, and a nontrivial cycle on it, we are interested in finding the cycle with minimal weight which is homologous to the given one. Assuming that the homology is defined with integer (Z) coefficients, we show the following (Theorem 5.2): For a fin ..."
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Given a simplicial complex with weights on its simplices, and a nontrivial cycle on it, we are interested in finding the cycle with minimal weight which is homologous to the given one. Assuming that the homology is defined with integer (Z) coefficients, we show the following (Theorem 5.2): For a finite simplicial complex K of dimension greater than p, the boundary matrix [∂p+1] is totally unimodular if and only if Hp(L, L0) is torsionfree, for all pure subcomplexes L0, L in K of dimensions p and p + 1 respectively, where L0 ⊂ L. Because of the total unimodularity of the boundary matrix, we can solve the optimization problem, which is inherently an integer programming problem, as a linear program and obtain integer solution. Thus the problem of finding optimal cycles in a given homology class can be solved in polynomial time. This result is surprising in the backdrop of a recent result which says that the problem is NPhard under Z2 coefficients which, being a field, is in general easier to deal with. One consequence of our result, among others, is that one can compute in polynomial time an optimal 2cycle in a given homology class for any finite simplicial complex embedded in R 3. Our optimization approach can also be used for various related problems, such as finding an optimal chain homologous to a given one when these are not cycles.
Minimum Cuts and Shortest NonSeparating Cycles via Homology Covers
 SYMPOSIUM ON DISCRETE ALGORITHMS
, 2011
"... Let G be a directed graph with weighted edges, embedded on a surface of genus g with b boundaries. We describe an algorithm to compute the shortest directed cycle in G in any given � 2homology class in 2 O(g+b) n log n time; this problem is NPhard even for undirected graphs. We also present two ap ..."
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Let G be a directed graph with weighted edges, embedded on a surface of genus g with b boundaries. We describe an algorithm to compute the shortest directed cycle in G in any given � 2homology class in 2 O(g+b) n log n time; this problem is NPhard even for undirected graphs. We also present two applications of our algorithm. The first is an algorithm to compute the shortest nonseparating directed cycle in G in 2 O(g) n log n time, improving the recent algorithm of Cabello et al. [SOCG 2010] for all g = o(log n). The second is a combinatorial algorithm to compute minimum (s, t)cuts in undirected surface graphs in 2 O(g) n log n time, improving an algorithm of Chambers et al. [SOCG 2009] for all positive g. Unlike earlier algorithms for surface graphs that construct and search finite portions of the universal cover, our algorithms use another canonical covering space, called the Z 2homology cover.
Hardness results for homology localization
 In SODA ’10: Proc. 21st Ann. ACMSIAM Sympos. Discrete Algorithms (2010
"... We address the problem of localizing homology classes, namely, finding the cycle representing a given class with the most concise geometric measure. We focus on the volume measure, that is, the 1norm of a cycle. Two main results are presented. First, we prove the problem is NPhard to approximate w ..."
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We address the problem of localizing homology classes, namely, finding the cycle representing a given class with the most concise geometric measure. We focus on the volume measure, that is, the 1norm of a cycle. Two main results are presented. First, we prove the problem is NPhard to approximate within any constant factor. Second, we prove that for homology of dimension two or higher, the problem is NPhard to approximate even when the Betti number is O(1). A side effect is the inapproximability of the problem of computing the nonbounding cycle with the smallest volume, and computing cycles representing a homology basis with the minimal total volume. We also discuss other geometric measures (diameter and radius) and show their disadvantages in homology localization. Our work is restricted to homology over the Z2 field. 1
Maximum Flows and Parametric Shortest Paths in Planar Graphs
"... We observe that the classical maximum flow problem in any directed planar graph G can be reformulated as a parametric shortest path problem in the oriented dual graph G ∗. This reformulation immediately suggests an algorithm to compute maximum flows, which runs in O(n log n) time. As we continuously ..."
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We observe that the classical maximum flow problem in any directed planar graph G can be reformulated as a parametric shortest path problem in the oriented dual graph G ∗. This reformulation immediately suggests an algorithm to compute maximum flows, which runs in O(n log n) time. As we continuously increase the parameter, each change in the shortest path tree can be effected in O(log n) time using standard dynamic tree data structures, and the special structure of the parametrization implies that each directed edge enters the evolving shortest path tree at most once. The resulting maximumflow algorithm is identical to the recent algorithm of Borradaile and Klein [J. ACM 2009], but our new formulation allows a simpler presentation and analysis. On the other hand, we demonstrate that for a similarly structured parametric shortest path problem on the torus, the shortest path tree can change Ω(n²) times in the worst case, suggesting that a different method may be required to efficiently compute maximum flows in highergenus graphs.
Finding shortest nontrivial cycles in directed graphs on surfaces
 In These Proceedings
, 2010
"... Let D be a weighted directed graph cellularly embedded in a surface of genus g, orientable or not, possibly with boundary. We describe algorithms to compute a shortest noncontractible and a shortest surface nonseparating cycle in D. This generalizes previous results that only dealt with undirected ..."
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Let D be a weighted directed graph cellularly embedded in a surface of genus g, orientable or not, possibly with boundary. We describe algorithms to compute a shortest noncontractible and a shortest surface nonseparating cycle in D. This generalizes previous results that only dealt with undirected graphs. Our first algorithm computes such cycles in O(n 2 log n) time, where n is the total number of vertices and edges of D, thus matching the complexity of the best known algorithm in the undirected case. It revisits and extends Thomassen’s 3path condition; the technique applies to other families of cycles as well. We also give an algorithm with subquadratic complexity in the complexity of the input graph, if g is fixed. Specifically, we can solve the problem in O ( √ g n 3/2 log n) time, using a divideandconquer technique that simplifies the graph while preserving the topological properties of its cycles. A variant runs in O(ng log g + nlog 2 n) for graphs of bounded treewidth.
Computing the shortest essential cycle
, 2008
"... An essential cycle on a surface is a simple cycle that cannot be continuously deformed to a point or a single boundary. We describe algorithms to compute the shortest essential cycle in an orientable combinatorial surface in O(n 2 log n) time, or in O(n log n) time when both the genus and number of ..."
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An essential cycle on a surface is a simple cycle that cannot be continuously deformed to a point or a single boundary. We describe algorithms to compute the shortest essential cycle in an orientable combinatorial surface in O(n 2 log n) time, or in O(n log n) time when both the genus and number of boundaries are fixed. Our result corrects an error in a paper of Erickson and HarPeled.
Finding cycles with topological properties in embedded graphs
, 2010
"... Let G be a graph cellularly embedded on a surface. We consider the problem of determining whether G contains a cycle (i.e. a closed walk without repeated vertices) of a certain topological type. We show that the problem can be answered in linear time when the topological type is one of the following ..."
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Let G be a graph cellularly embedded on a surface. We consider the problem of determining whether G contains a cycle (i.e. a closed walk without repeated vertices) of a certain topological type. We show that the problem can be answered in linear time when the topological type is one of the following: contractible, noncontractible, or nonseparating. In either case we obtain the same time complexity if we require the cycle to contain a given vertex. On the other hand, we prove that the problem is NPcomplete when considering separating or splitting cycles. We also show that deciding the existence of a separating or a splitting cycle of length at most k is fixedparameter tractable with respect tok plus the genus of the surface.
Global Minimum Cuts in Surface Embedded Graphs
"... We give a deterministic algorithm to find the minimum cut in a surfaceembedded graph in nearlinear time. Given an undirected graph embedded on an orientable surface of genus g, our algorithm computes the minimum cut in g O(g) n log log n time, matching the running time of the fastest algorithm kno ..."
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We give a deterministic algorithm to find the minimum cut in a surfaceembedded graph in nearlinear time. Given an undirected graph embedded on an orientable surface of genus g, our algorithm computes the minimum cut in g O(g) n log log n time, matching the running time of the fastest algorithm known for planar graphs, due to Ł ˛acki and Sankowski, for any constant g. Indeed, our algorithm calls Ł ˛acki and Sankowski’s recent O(n log log n) time planar algorithm as a subroutine. Previously, the best time bounds known for this problem followed from two algorithms for general sparse graphs: a randomized algorithm of Karger that runs in O(n log³ n) time and succeeds with high probability, and a deterministic algorithm of Nagamochi and Ibaraki that runs in O(n² log n) time. We can also achieve a deterministic g O(g) n² log log n time bound by repeatedly applying the best known algorithm for minimum (s, t)cuts in surface graphs. The bulk of our work focuses on the case where the dual of the minimum cut splits the underlying surface into multiple components with positive genus.