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Multicommodity maxflow mincut theorems and their use in designing approximation algorithms
 J. ACM
, 1999
"... In this paper, we establish maxflow mincut theorems for several important classes of multicommodity flow problems. In particular, we show that for any nnode multicommodity flow problem with uniform demands, the maxflow for the problem is within an O(log n) factor of the upper bound implied by ..."
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In this paper, we establish maxflow mincut theorems for several important classes of multicommodity flow problems. In particular, we show that for any nnode multicommodity flow problem with uniform demands, the maxflow for the problem is within an O(log n) factor of the upper bound implied by the mincut. The result (which is existentially optimal) establishes an important analogue of the famous 1commodity maxflow mincut theorem for problems with multiple commodities. The result also has substantial applications to the field of approximation algorithms. For example, we use the flow result to design the first polynomialtime (polylog ntimesoptimal) approximation algorithms for wellknown NPhard optimization problems such as graph partitioning, mincut linear arrangement, crossing number, VLSI layout, and minimum feedback arc set. Applications of the flow results to path routing problems, network reconfiguration, communication in distributed networks, scientific computing and rapidly mixing Markov chains are also described in the paper.
Faster and simpler algorithms for multicommodity flow and other fractional packing problems
"... This paper considers the problem of designing fast, approximate, combinatorial algorithms for multicommodity flows and other fractional packing problems. We present new faster and much simpler algorithms for these problems. ..."
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This paper considers the problem of designing fast, approximate, combinatorial algorithms for multicommodity flows and other fractional packing problems. We present new faster and much simpler algorithms for these problems.
Fast Approximation Algorithms for Fractional Packing and Covering Problems
, 1995
"... This paper presents fast algorithms that find approximate solutions for a general class of problems, which we call fractional packing and covering problems. The only previously known algorithms for solving these problems are based on general linear programming techniques. The techniques developed ..."
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This paper presents fast algorithms that find approximate solutions for a general class of problems, which we call fractional packing and covering problems. The only previously known algorithms for solving these problems are based on general linear programming techniques. The techniques developed in this paper greatly outperform the general methods in many applications, and are extensions of a method previously applied to find approximate solutions to multicommodity flow problems. Our algorithm is a Lagrangean relaxation technique; an important aspect of our results is that we obtain a theoretical analysis of the running time of a Lagrangean relaxationbased algorithm. We give several applications of our algorithms. The new approach yields several orders of magnitude of improvement over the best previously known running times for algorithms for the scheduling of unrelated parallel machines in both the preemptive and the nonpreemptive models, for the job shop problem, for th...
ThroughputCompetitive OnLine Routing
, 1993
"... We develop a framework that allows us to address the issues of admission control and routing in highspeed networks under the restriction that once a call is admitted and routed, it has to proceed to completion and no reroutings are allowed. The "no rerouting" restriction appears in all th ..."
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We develop a framework that allows us to address the issues of admission control and routing in highspeed networks under the restriction that once a call is admitted and routed, it has to proceed to completion and no reroutings are allowed. The "no rerouting" restriction appears in all the proposals for future highspeed networks and stems from current hardware limitations, in particular the fact that the bandwidthdelay product of the newly developed optical communication links far exceeds the buffer capacity of the network. In case the goal is to maximize the throughput, our framework yields an online O(lognT ) competitive strategy, where n is the number of nodes in the network and T is the maximum call duration. In other words, our strategy results in throughput that is within O(log nT ) factor of the highest possible throughput achievable by an omniscient algorithm that knows all of the requests in advance. Moreover, we show that no online strategy can achieve a better competit...
Approximation Algorithms for Disjoint Paths Problems
, 1996
"... The construction of disjoint paths in a network is a basic issue in combinatorial optimization: given a network, and specified pairs of nodes in it, we are interested in finding disjoint paths between as many of these pairs as possible. This leads to a variety of classical NPcomplete problems for w ..."
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The construction of disjoint paths in a network is a basic issue in combinatorial optimization: given a network, and specified pairs of nodes in it, we are interested in finding disjoint paths between as many of these pairs as possible. This leads to a variety of classical NPcomplete problems for which very little is known from the point of view of approximation algorithms. It has recently been brought into focus in work on problems such as VLSI layout and routing in highspeed networks; in these settings, the current lack of understanding of the disjoint paths problem is often an obstacle to the design of practical heuristics.
Topology Control and Routing in Ad hoc Networks: A Survey
 SIGACT News
, 2002
"... this article, we review some of the characteristic features of ad hoc networks, formulate problems and survey research work done in the area. We focus on two basic problem domains: topology control, the problem of computing and maintaining a connected topology among the network nodes, and routing. T ..."
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this article, we review some of the characteristic features of ad hoc networks, formulate problems and survey research work done in the area. We focus on two basic problem domains: topology control, the problem of computing and maintaining a connected topology among the network nodes, and routing. This article is not intended to be a comprehensive survey on ad hoc networking. The choice of the problems discussed in this article are somewhat biased by the research interests of the author
On the complexity of solving Markov decision problems
 IN PROC. OF THE ELEVENTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON UNCERTAINTY IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
, 1995
"... Markov decision problems (MDPs) provide the foundations for a number of problems of interest to AI researchers studying automated planning and reinforcement learning. In this paper, we summarize results regarding the complexity of solving MDPs and the running time of MDP solution algorithms. We argu ..."
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Markov decision problems (MDPs) provide the foundations for a number of problems of interest to AI researchers studying automated planning and reinforcement learning. In this paper, we summarize results regarding the complexity of solving MDPs and the running time of MDP solution algorithms. We argue that, although MDPs can be solved efficiently in theory, more study is needed to reveal practical algorithms for solving large problems quickly. To encourage future research, we sketch some alternative methods of analysis that rely on the structure of MDPs.
Potential Function Methods for Approximately Solving Linear Programming Problems: Theory and Practice
, 2001
"... After several decades of sustained research and testing, linear programming has evolved into a remarkably reliable, accurate and useful tool for handling industrial optimization problems. Yet, large problems arising from several concrete applications routinely defeat the very best linear programming ..."
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After several decades of sustained research and testing, linear programming has evolved into a remarkably reliable, accurate and useful tool for handling industrial optimization problems. Yet, large problems arising from several concrete applications routinely defeat the very best linear programming codes, running on the fastest computing hardware. Moreover, this is a trend that may well continue and intensify, as problem sizes escalate and the need for fast algorithms becomes more stringent. Traditionally, the focus in optimization algorithms, and in particular, in algorithms for linear programming, has been to solve problems "to optimality." In concrete implementations, this has always meant the solution ofproblems to some finite accuracy (for example, eight digits). An alternative approach would be to explicitly, and rigorously, trade o# accuracy for speed. One motivating factor is that in many practical applications, quickly obtaining a partially accurate solution is much preferable to obtaining a very accurate solution very slowly. A secondary (and independent) consideration is that the input data in many practical applications has limited accuracy to begin with. During the last ten years, a new body ofresearch has emerged, which seeks to develop provably good approximation algorithms for classes of linear programming problems. This work both has roots in fundamental areas of mathematical programming and is also framed in the context ofthe modern theory ofalgorithms. The result ofthis work has been a family ofalgorithms with solid theoretical foundations and with growing experimental success. In this manuscript we will study these algorithms, starting with some ofthe very earliest examples, and through the latest theoretical and computational developments.
The multiplicative weights update method: a meta algorithm and applications
, 2005
"... Algorithms in varied fields use the idea of maintaining a distribution over a certain set and use the multiplicative update rule to iteratively change these weights. Their analysis are usually very similar and rely on an exponential potential function. We present a simple meta algorithm that unifies ..."
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Algorithms in varied fields use the idea of maintaining a distribution over a certain set and use the multiplicative update rule to iteratively change these weights. Their analysis are usually very similar and rely on an exponential potential function. We present a simple meta algorithm that unifies these disparate algorithms and drives them as simple instantiations of the meta algorithm. 1