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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.
Expander Flows, Geometric Embeddings and Graph Partitioning
 IN 36TH ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON THE THEORY OF COMPUTING
, 2004
"... We give a O( log n)approximation algorithm for sparsest cut, balanced separator, and graph conductance problems. This improves the O(log n)approximation of Leighton and Rao (1988). We use a wellknown semidefinite relaxation with triangle inequality constraints. Central to our analysis is a ..."
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We give a O( log n)approximation algorithm for sparsest cut, balanced separator, and graph conductance problems. This improves the O(log n)approximation of Leighton and Rao (1988). We use a wellknown semidefinite relaxation with triangle inequality constraints. Central to our analysis is a geometric theorem about projections of point sets in , whose proof makes essential use of a phenomenon called measure concentration.
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 the proposal ..."
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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...
Improved bounds for mixing rates of Markov chains and multicommodity flow
 Combinatorics, Probability and Computing
, 1992
"... The paper is concerned with tools for the quantitative analysis of finite Markov chains whose states are combinatorial structures. Chains of this kind have algorithmic applications in many areas, including random sampling, approximate counting, statistical physics and combinatorial optimisation. The ..."
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The paper is concerned with tools for the quantitative analysis of finite Markov chains whose states are combinatorial structures. Chains of this kind have algorithmic applications in many areas, including random sampling, approximate counting, statistical physics and combinatorial optimisation. The efficiency of the resulting algorithms depends crucially on the mixing rate of the chain, i.e., the time taken for it to reach its stationary or equilibrium distribution. The paper presents a new upper bound on the mixing rate, based on the solution to a multicommodity flow problem in the Markov chain viewed as a graph. The bound gives sharper estimates for the mixing rate of several important complex Markov chains. As a result, improved bounds are obtained for the runtimes of randomised approximation algorithms for various problems, including computing the permanent of a 01 matrix, counting matchings in graphs, and computing the partition function of a ferromagnetic Ising system. Moreove...
Fast Approximation Algorithms for Multicommodity Flow Problems
 JOURNAL OF COMPUTER AND SYSTEM SCIENCES
, 1991
"... All previously known algorithms for solving the multicommodity flow problem with capacities are based on linear programming. The best of these algorithms [15] uses a fast matrix multiplication algorithm and takes O(k 3:5 n 3 m :5 log(nDU )) time for the multicommodity flow problem with inte ..."
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All previously known algorithms for solving the multicommodity flow problem with capacities are based on linear programming. The best of these algorithms [15] uses a fast matrix multiplication algorithm and takes O(k 3:5 n 3 m :5 log(nDU )) time for the multicommodity flow problem with integer demands and at least O(k 2:5 n 2 m :5 log(nffl \Gamma1 DU )) time to find an approximate solution, where k is the number of commodities, n and m denote the number of nodes and edges in the network, D is the largest demand, and U is the largest edge capacity. Substantially more time is needed to find an exact solution. As a consequence, even multicommodity flow problems with just a few commodities are believed to be much harder than singlecommodity maximumflow or minimumcost flow problems. In this paper, we describe the first polynomialtime combinatorial algorithms for approximately solving the multicommodity flow problem. The running time of our randomized algorithm i...
An O(log k) approximate mincut maxflow theorem and approximation algorithm
 SIAM J. Comput
, 1998
"... Abstract. It is shown that the minimum cut ratio is within a factor of O(log k) of the maximum concurrent flow for kcommodity flow instances with arbitrary capacities and demands. This improves upon the previously bestknown bound of O(log 2 k) and is existentially tight, up to a constant factor. A ..."
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Abstract. It is shown that the minimum cut ratio is within a factor of O(log k) of the maximum concurrent flow for kcommodity flow instances with arbitrary capacities and demands. This improves upon the previously bestknown bound of O(log 2 k) and is existentially tight, up to a constant factor. An algorithm for finding a cut with ratio within a factor of O(log k) of the maximum concurrent flow, and thus of the optimal mincut ratio, is presented.
Excluded Minors, Network Decomposition, and Multicommodity Flow
, 1993
"... In this paper we show that, given a graph and parameters ffi and r, we can find either a Kr;r minor or an edgecut of size O(mr=ffi) whose removal yields components of weak diameter O(r 2 ffi); i.e., every pair of nodes in such a component are at distance O(r 2 ffi) in the original graph. Usi ..."
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In this paper we show that, given a graph and parameters ffi and r, we can find either a Kr;r minor or an edgecut of size O(mr=ffi) whose removal yields components of weak diameter O(r 2 ffi); i.e., every pair of nodes in such a component are at distance O(r 2 ffi) in the original graph. Using this lemma, we improve the best known bounds for the mincut maxflow ratio for multicommodity flows in graphs with forbidden small minors. In general graphs, it was known that the ratio is O(log k) for the uniformdemand case (the case where there is a unitdemand commodity between every pair of nodes), and that the ratio is O(log 2 k) for arbitrary demands, where k is the number of commodities. In this paper we show that for graphs excluding any fixed graph as a minor (e.g. planar graphs or boundedgenus graphs), the ratio is O(1) for the uniformdemand case and O(log k) for the arbitrary demand case. For such graphs, our method yields minratio cut approximation algorithms wit...
Approximating Fractional Multicommodity Flow Independent of the Number of Commodities
, 1999
"... We describe fully polynomial time approximation schemes for various multicommodity flow problems in graphs with m edges and n vertices. We present the first approximation scheme for maximum multicommodity flow that is independent of the number of commodities k, and our algorithm improves upon the ru ..."
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We describe fully polynomial time approximation schemes for various multicommodity flow problems in graphs with m edges and n vertices. We present the first approximation scheme for maximum multicommodity flow that is independent of the number of commodities k, and our algorithm improves upon the runtime of previous algorithms by this factor of k, performing in O (ffl \Gamma2 m 2 ) time. For maximum concurrent flow, and minimum cost concurrent flow, we present algorithms that are faster than the current known algorithms when the graph is sparse or the number of commodities k is large, i.e. k ? m=n. Our algorithms build on the framework proposed by Garg and Konemann [4]. They are simple, deterministic, and for the versions without costs, they are strongly polynomial. Our maximum multicommodity flow algorithm extends to an approximation scheme for the maximum weighted multicommodity flow, which is faster than those implied by previous algorithms by a factor of k= log W where W is ...
Euclidean distortion and the Sparsest Cut
 In Proceedings of the 37th Annual ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing
, 2005
"... BiLipschitz embeddings of finite metric spaces, a topic originally studied in geometric analysis and Banach space theory, became an integral part of theoretical computer science following work of Linial, London, and Rabinovich [29]. They presented an algorithmic version of a result of Bourgain [8] ..."
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BiLipschitz embeddings of finite metric spaces, a topic originally studied in geometric analysis and Banach space theory, became an integral part of theoretical computer science following work of Linial, London, and Rabinovich [29]. They presented an algorithmic version of a result of Bourgain [8] which shows that every