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An algebraic approach to network coding
 IEEE/ACM TRANSACTIONS ON NETWORKING
, 2003
"... We take a new look at the issue of network capacity. It is shown that network coding is an essential ingredient in achieving the capacity of a network. Building on recent work by Li et al., who examined the network capacity of multicast networks, we extend the network coding framework to arbitrary n ..."
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We take a new look at the issue of network capacity. It is shown that network coding is an essential ingredient in achieving the capacity of a network. Building on recent work by Li et al., who examined the network capacity of multicast networks, we extend the network coding framework to arbitrary networks and robust networking. For networks which are restricted to using linear network codes, we find necessary and sufficient conditions for the feasibility of any given set of connections over a given network. We also consider the problem of network recovery for nonergodic link failures. For the multicast setup we prove that there exist coding strategies that provide maximally robust networks and that do not require adaptation of the network interior to the failure pattern in question. The results are derived for both delayfree networks and networks with delays.
How bad is selfish routing?
 JOURNAL OF THE ACM
, 2002
"... We consider the problem of routing traffic to optimize the performance of a congested network. We are given a network, a rate of traffic between each pair of nodes, and a latency function for each edge specifying the time needed to traverse the edge given its congestion; the objective is to route t ..."
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We consider the problem of routing traffic to optimize the performance of a congested network. We are given a network, a rate of traffic between each pair of nodes, and a latency function for each edge specifying the time needed to traverse the edge given its congestion; the objective is to route traffic such that the sum of all travel times—the total latency—is minimized. In many settings, it may be expensive or impossible to regulate network traffic so as to implement an optimal assignment of routes. In the absence of regulation by some central authority, we assume that each network user routes its traffic on the minimumlatency path available to it, given the network congestion caused by the other users. In general such a “selfishly motivated ” assignment of traffic to paths will not minimize the total latency; hence, this lack of regulation carries the cost of decreased network performance. In this article, we quantify the degradation in network performance due to unregulated traffic. We prove that if the latency of each edge is a linear function of its congestion, then the total latency of the routes chosen by selfish network users is at most 4/3 times the minimum possible total latency (subject to the condition that all traffic must be routed). We also consider the more general setting in which edge latency functions are assumed only to be continuous and nondecreasing in the edge congestion. Here, the total
On coding for reliable communication over packet networks
, 2008
"... We consider the use of random linear network coding in lossy packet networks. In particular, we consider the following simple strategy: nodes store the packets that they receive and, whenever they have a transmission opportunity, they send out coded packets formed from random linear combinations of ..."
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We consider the use of random linear network coding in lossy packet networks. In particular, we consider the following simple strategy: nodes store the packets that they receive and, whenever they have a transmission opportunity, they send out coded packets formed from random linear combinations of stored packets. In such a strategy, intermediate nodes perform additional coding yet do not decode nor wait for a block of packets before sending out coded packets. Moreover, all coding and decoding operations have polynomial complexity. We show that, provided packet headers can be used to carry an amount of sideinformation that grows arbitrarily large (but independently of payload size), random linear network coding achieves packetlevel capacity for both single unicast and single multicast connections and for both wireline and wireless networks. This result holds as long as packets received on links arrive according to processes that have average rates. Thus packet losses on links may exhibit correlations in time or with losses on other links. In the special case of Poisson traffic with i.i.d. losses, we give error exponents that quantify the rate of decay of the probability of error with coding delay. Our analysis of random linear network coding shows not only that it achieves packetlevel capacity, but also that the propagation of packets carrying “innovative ” information follows the propagation of jobs through a queueing network, thus implying that fluid flow models yield good approximations.
Simultaneous Routing and Resource Allocation via Dual Decomposition
, 2004
"... In wireless data networks the optimal routing of data depends on the link capacities which, in turn, are determined by the allocation of communications resources (such as transmit powers and bandwidths) to the links. The optimal performance of the network can only be achieved by simultaneous optimi ..."
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In wireless data networks the optimal routing of data depends on the link capacities which, in turn, are determined by the allocation of communications resources (such as transmit powers and bandwidths) to the links. The optimal performance of the network can only be achieved by simultaneous optimization of routing and resource allocation. In this paper, we formulate the simultaneous routing and resource allocation problem and exploit problem structure to derive ef£cient solution methods. We use a capacitated multicommodity flow model to describe the data ¤ows in the network. We assume that the capacity of a wireless link is a concave and increasing function of the communications resources allocated to the link, and the communications resources for groups of links are limited. These assumptions allow us to formulate the simultaneous routing and resource allocation problem as a convex optimization problem over the network flow variables and the communications variables. These two sets of variables are coupled only through the link capacity constraints. We exploit this separable structure by dual decomposition. The resulting solution method attains the optimal coordination of data routing in the network layer and resource allocation in the radio control layer via pricing on the link capacities.
Construction of an Efficient Overlay Multicast Infrastructure for RealTime Applications
 IN PROCEEDINGS OF IEEE INFOCOM
, 2003
"... We consider an overlay architecture where service providers deploy a set of service nodes (called MSNs) in the network to efficiently implement mediastreaming applications. These MSNs are organized into an overlay and act as applicationlayer multicast forwarding entities for a set of clients. We p ..."
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We consider an overlay architecture where service providers deploy a set of service nodes (called MSNs) in the network to efficiently implement mediastreaming applications. These MSNs are organized into an overlay and act as applicationlayer multicast forwarding entities for a set of clients. We present a
MinimumCost Multicast over Coded Packet Networks
 IEEE TRANS. ON INF. THE
, 2006
"... We consider the problem of establishing minimumcost multicast connections over coded packet networks, i.e., packet networks where the contents of outgoing packets are arbitrary, causal functions of the contents of received packets. We consider both wireline and wireless packet networks as well as b ..."
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We consider the problem of establishing minimumcost multicast connections over coded packet networks, i.e., packet networks where the contents of outgoing packets are arbitrary, causal functions of the contents of received packets. We consider both wireline and wireless packet networks as well as both static multicast (where membership of the multicast group remains constant for the duration of the connection) and dynamic multicast (where membership of the multicast group changes in time, with nodes joining and leaving the group). For static multicast, we reduce the problem to a polynomialtime solvable optimization problem, ... and we present decentralized algorithms for solving it. These algorithms, when coupled with existing decentralized schemes for constructing network codes, yield a fully decentralized approach for achieving minimumcost multicast. By contrast, establishing minimumcost static multicast connections over routed packet networks is a very difficult problem even using centralized computation, except in the special cases of unicast and broadcast connections. For dynamic multicast, we reduce the problem to a dynamic programming problem and apply the theory of dynamic programming to suggest how it may be solved.
Achieving MinimumCost Multicast: A Decentralized Approach Based on Network Coding
 IN PROCEEDINGS OF IEEE INFOCOM
, 2005
"... We present decentralized algorithms that compute minimumcost subgraphs for establishing multicast connections in networks that use coding. These algorithms, coupled with existing decentralized schemes for constructing network codes, constitute a fully decentralized approach for achieving minimumco ..."
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We present decentralized algorithms that compute minimumcost subgraphs for establishing multicast connections in networks that use coding. These algorithms, coupled with existing decentralized schemes for constructing network codes, constitute a fully decentralized approach for achieving minimumcost multicast. Our approach is in sharp contrast to the prevailing approach based on approximation algorithms for the directed Steiner tree problem, which is suboptimal and generally assumes centralized computation with full network knowledge. We also give extensions beyond the basic problem of fixedrate multicast in networks with directed pointtopoint links, and consider the problem of minimumenergy multicast in wireless networks as well as the case of a concave utility function at the sender.
The ant colony optimization metaheuristic: Algorithms, applications, and advances
 Handbook of Metaheuristics
, 2002
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Networked SlepianWolf: Theory, Algorithms and Scaling Laws
 IEEE Transactions on Information Theory
, 2003
"... Consider a set of correlated sources located at the nodes of a network, and a set of sinks that are the destinations for some of the sources. We consider the minimization of cost functions which are the product of a function of the rate and a function of the path weight. We consider both the data ..."
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Consider a set of correlated sources located at the nodes of a network, and a set of sinks that are the destinations for some of the sources. We consider the minimization of cost functions which are the product of a function of the rate and a function of the path weight. We consider both the data gathering scenario, which is relevant in sensor networks, and general tra#c matrices, relevant for general networks. The minimization is achieved by jointly optimizing (a) the transmission structure, which we show consists in general of a superposition of trees from each of the source nodes to its corresponding sink nodes, and (b) the rate allocation across the source nodes, which is done by SlepianWolf coding. We show that the overall minimization can be achieved in two concatenated steps.
Deploying Sensor Networks with Guaranteed Fault Tolerance
, 2005
"... We consider the problem of deploying or repairing a sensor network to guarantee a specified level of multipath connectivity (kconnectivity) between all nodes. Such a guarantee simultaneously provides fault tolerance against node failures and high overall network capacity (by the maxflow mincut t ..."
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We consider the problem of deploying or repairing a sensor network to guarantee a specified level of multipath connectivity (kconnectivity) between all nodes. Such a guarantee simultaneously provides fault tolerance against node failures and high overall network capacity (by the maxflow mincut theorem). We design and analyze the first algorithms that place an almostminimum number of additional sensors to augment an existing network into a kconnected network, for any desired parameter k. Our algorithms have provable guarantees on the quality of the solution. Specifically, we prove that the number of additional sensors is within a constant factor of the absolute minimum, for any fixed k. We have implemented greedy and distributed versions of this algorithm, and demonstrate in simulation that they produce highquality placements for the additional sensors.