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The design and implementation of an intentional naming system
 17TH ACM SYMPOSIUM ON OPERATING SYSTEMS PRINCIPLES (SOSP '99) PUBLISHED AS OPERATING SYSTEMS REVIEW, 34(5):186201, DEC. 1999
, 1999
"... This paper presents the design and implementation of the Intentional Naming System (INS), a resource discovery and service location system for dynamic and mobile networks of devices and computers. Such environments require a naming system that is (i) expressive, to describe and make requests based o ..."
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This paper presents the design and implementation of the Intentional Naming System (INS), a resource discovery and service location system for dynamic and mobile networks of devices and computers. Such environments require a naming system that is (i) expressive, to describe and make requests based on specific properties of services, (ii) responsive, to track changes due to mobility and performance, (iii) robust, to handle failures, and (iv) easily configurable. INS uses a simple language based on attributes and values for its names. Applications use the language to describe what they are looking for (i.e., their intent), not where to find things (i.e., not hostnames). INS implements a late binding mechanism that integrates name resolution and message routing, enabling clients to continue communicating with endnodes even if the nametoaddress mappings change while a session is in progress. INS resolvers selfconfigure to form an applicationlevel overlay network, which they use to discover new services, perform late binding, and maintain weak consistency of names using softstate name exchanges and updates. We analyze the performance of the INS algorithms and protocols, present measurements of a Javabased implementation, and describe three applications we have implemented that demonstrate the feasibility and utility of INS.
Finding the k Shortest Paths
, 1997
"... We give algorithms for finding the k shortest paths (not required to be simple) connecting a pair of vertices in a digraph. Our algorithms output an implicit representation of these paths in a digraph with n vertices and m edges, in time O(m + n log n + k). We can also find the k shortest pat ..."
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We give algorithms for finding the k shortest paths (not required to be simple) connecting a pair of vertices in a digraph. Our algorithms output an implicit representation of these paths in a digraph with n vertices and m edges, in time O(m + n log n + k). We can also find the k shortest paths from a given source s to each vertex in the graph, in total time O(m + n log n +kn). We describe applications to dynamic programming problems including the knapsack problem, sequence alignment, maximum inscribed polygons, and genealogical relationship discovery. 1 Introduction We consider a longstudied generalization of the shortest path problem, in which not one but several short paths must be produced. The k shortest paths problem is to list the k paths connecting a given sourcedestination pair in the digraph with minimum total length. Our techniques also apply to the problem of listing all paths shorter than some given threshhold length. In the version of these problems studi...
AntNet: Distributed stigmergetic control for communications networks
 Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research
, 1998
"... This paper introduces AntNet, a novel approach to the adaptive learning of routing tables in communications networks. AntNet is a distributed, mobile agents based Monte Carlo system that was inspired by recent work on the ant colony metaphor for solving optimization problems. AntNet's agents concurr ..."
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This paper introduces AntNet, a novel approach to the adaptive learning of routing tables in communications networks. AntNet is a distributed, mobile agents based Monte Carlo system that was inspired by recent work on the ant colony metaphor for solving optimization problems. AntNet's agents concurrently explore the network and exchange collected information. The communication among the agents is indirect and asynchronous, mediated by the network itself. This form of communication is typical of social insects and is called stigmergy. We compare our algorithm with six stateoftheart routing algorithms coming from the telecommunications and machine learning elds. The algorithms' performance is evaluated over a set of realistic testbeds. We run many experiments over real and arti cial IP datagram networks with increasing number of nodes and under several paradigmatic spatial and temporal tra c distributions. Results are very encouraging. AntNet showed superior performance under all the experimental conditions with respect to its competitors. We analyze the main characteristics of the algorithm and try to explain the reasons for its superiority. 1.
The Octagon Abstract Domain
"... ... domain for static analysis by abstract interpretation. It extends a former numerical abstract domain based on DifferenceBound Matrices and allows us to represent invariants of the form (±x ± y ≤ c), where x and y are program variables and c is a real constant. We focus on giving an efficient re ..."
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... domain for static analysis by abstract interpretation. It extends a former numerical abstract domain based on DifferenceBound Matrices and allows us to represent invariants of the form (±x ± y ≤ c), where x and y are program variables and c is a real constant. We focus on giving an efficient representation based on DifferenceBound Matrices—O(n²) memory cost, where n is the number of variables—and graphbased algorithms for all common abstract operators—O(n³) time cost. This includes a normal form algorithm to test equivalence of representation and a widening operator to compute least fixpoint approximations.
Stable Function Approximation in Dynamic Programming
 IN MACHINE LEARNING: PROCEEDINGS OF THE TWELFTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
, 1995
"... The success of reinforcement learning in practical problems depends on the ability tocombine function approximation with temporal difference methods such as value iteration. Experiments in this area have produced mixed results; there have been both notable successes and notable disappointments. Theo ..."
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The success of reinforcement learning in practical problems depends on the ability tocombine function approximation with temporal difference methods such as value iteration. Experiments in this area have produced mixed results; there have been both notable successes and notable disappointments. Theory has been scarce, mostly due to the difficulty of reasoning about function approximators that generalize beyond the observed data. We provide a proof of convergence for a wide class of temporal difference methods involving function approximators such as knearestneighbor, and show experimentally that these methods can be useful. The proof is based on a view of function approximators as expansion or contraction mappings. In addition, we present a novel view of approximate value iteration: an approximate algorithm for one environment turns out to be an exact algorithm for a different environment.
Pregel: A system for largescale graph processing
 In SIGMOD
, 2010
"... Many practical computing problems concern large graphs. Standard examples include the Web graph and various social networks. The scale of these graphs—in some cases billions of vertices, trillions of edges—poses challenges to their efficient processing. In this paper we present a computational model ..."
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Many practical computing problems concern large graphs. Standard examples include the Web graph and various social networks. The scale of these graphs—in some cases billions of vertices, trillions of edges—poses challenges to their efficient processing. In this paper we present a computational model suitable for this task. Programs are expressed as a sequence of iterations, in each of which a vertex can receive messages sent in the previous iteration, send messages to other vertices, and modify its own state and that of its outgoing edges or mutate graph topology. This vertexcentric approach is flexible enough to express a broad set of algorithms. The model has been designed for efficient, scalable and faulttolerant implementation on clusters of thousands of commodity computers, and its implied synchronicity makes reasoning about programs easier. Distributionrelated details are hidden behind an abstract API. The result is a framework for processing large graphs that is expressive and easy to program.
Packet Routing in Dynamically Changing Networks: A Reinforcement Learning Approach
 Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 6
, 1994
"... This paper describes the Qrouting algorithm for packet routing, in which a reinforcement learning module is embedded into each node of a switching network. Only local communication is used by each node to keep accurate statistics on which routing decisions lead to minimal delivery times. In simple ..."
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This paper describes the Qrouting algorithm for packet routing, in which a reinforcement learning module is embedded into each node of a switching network. Only local communication is used by each node to keep accurate statistics on which routing decisions lead to minimal delivery times. In simple experiments involving a 36node, irregularly connected network, Qrouting proves superior to a nonadaptive algorithm based on precomputed shortest paths and is able to route efficiently even when critical aspects of the simulation, such as the network load, are allowed to vary dynamically. The paper concludes with a discussion of the tradeoff between discovering shortcuts and maintaining stable policies. 1 INTRODUCTION The field of reinforcement learning has grown dramatically over the past several years, but with the exception of backgammon [8, 2], has had few successful applications to largescale, practical tasks. This paper demonstrates that the practical task of routing packets through...
Shortest Paths Algorithms: Theory And Experimental Evaluation
 Mathematical Programming
, 1993
"... . We conduct an extensive computational study of shortest paths algorithms, including some very recent algorithms. We also suggest new algorithms motivated by the experimental results and prove interesting theoretical results suggested by the experimental data. Our computational study is based on se ..."
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. We conduct an extensive computational study of shortest paths algorithms, including some very recent algorithms. We also suggest new algorithms motivated by the experimental results and prove interesting theoretical results suggested by the experimental data. Our computational study is based on several natural problem classes which identify strengths and weaknesses of various algorithms. These problem classes and algorithm implementations form an environment for testing the performance of shortest paths algorithms. The interaction between the experimental evaluation of algorithm behavior and the theoretical analysis of algorithm performance plays an important role in our research. Andrew V. Goldberg was supported in part by ONR Young Investigator Award N0001491J1855, NSF Presidential Young Investigator Grant CCR8858097 with matching funds from AT&T, DEC, and 3M, and a grant from Powell Foundation. This work was done while Boris V. Cherkassky was visiting Stanford University Compu...
Faster scaling algorithms for network problems
 SIAM J. COMPUT
, 1989
"... This paper presents algorithms for the assignment problem, the transportation problem, and the minimumcost flow problem of operations research. The algorithms find a minimumcost solution, yet run in time close to the bestknown bounds for the corresponding problems without costs. For example, the ..."
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This paper presents algorithms for the assignment problem, the transportation problem, and the minimumcost flow problem of operations research. The algorithms find a minimumcost solution, yet run in time close to the bestknown bounds for the corresponding problems without costs. For example, the assignment problem (equivalently, minimumcost matching in a bipartite graph) can be solved in O(v/’rn log(nN)) time, where n, m, and N denote the number of vertices, number of edges, and largest magnitude of a cost; costs are assumed to be integral. The algorithms work by scaling. As in the work of Goldberg and Tarjan, in each scaled problem an approximate optimum solution is found, rather than an exact optimum.