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Nearoptimal hardness results and approximation algorithms for edgedisjoint paths and related problems
 Journal of Computer and System Sciences
, 1999
"... We study the approximability of edgedisjoint paths and related problems. In the edgedisjoint paths problem (EDP), we are given a network G with sourcesink pairs (si, ti), 1 ≤ i ≤ k, and the goal is to find a largest subset of sourcesink pairs that can be simultaneously connected in an edgedisjo ..."
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We study the approximability of edgedisjoint paths and related problems. In the edgedisjoint paths problem (EDP), we are given a network G with sourcesink pairs (si, ti), 1 ≤ i ≤ k, and the goal is to find a largest subset of sourcesink pairs that can be simultaneously connected in an edgedisjoint manner. We show that in directed networks, for any ɛ> 0, EDP is NPhard to approximate within m 1/2−ɛ. We also design simple approximation algorithms that achieve essentially matching approximation guarantees for some generalizations of EDP. Another related class of routing problems that we study concerns EDP with the additional constraint that the routing paths be of bounded length. We show that, for any ɛ> 0, bounded length EDP is hard to approximate within m 1/2−ɛ even in undirected networks, and give an O ( √ m)approximation algorithm for it. For directed networks, we show that even the single sourcesink pair case (i.e. find the maximum number of paths of bounded length between a given sourcesink pair) is hard to approximate within m 1/2−ɛ, for any ɛ> 0.
Constrained Random Walks on Random Graphs: Routing Algorithms for Large Scale Wireless Sensor Networks
, 2002
"... We consider a routing problem in the context of large scale networks with uncontrolled dynamics. A case of uncontrolled dynamics that has been studied extensively is that of mobile nodes, as this is typically the case in cellular and mobile adhoc networks. In this paper however we study routing in ..."
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We consider a routing problem in the context of large scale networks with uncontrolled dynamics. A case of uncontrolled dynamics that has been studied extensively is that of mobile nodes, as this is typically the case in cellular and mobile adhoc networks. In this paper however we study routing in the presence of a different type of dynamics: nodes do not move, but instead switch between active and inactive states at random times. Our interest in this case is motivated by the behavior of sensor nodes powered by renewable sources, such as solar cells or ambient vibrations. In this paper we formalize the corresponding routing problem as a problem of constructing suitably constrained random walks on random dynamic graphs. We argue that these random walks should be designed so that their resulting invariant distribution achieves a certain load balancing property, and we give simple distributed algorithms to compute the local parameters for the random walks that achieve the sought behavior. A truly novel feature of our formulation is that the algorithms we obtain are able to route messages along all possible routes between a source and a destination node, without performing explicit route discovery/repair computations, and without maintaining explicit state information about available routes at the nodes. To the best of our knowledge, these are the first algorithms that achieve true multipath routing (in a statistical sense), at the complexity of simple stateless operations.
Approximation techniques for utilitarian mechanism design
 IN PROC. 36TH ACM SYMP. ON THEORY OF COMPUTING
, 2005
"... This paper deals with the design of efficiently computable incentive compatible, or truthful, mechanisms for combinatorial optimization problems with multiparameter agents. We focus on approximation algorithms for NPhard mechanism design problems. These algorithms need to satisfy certain monotonic ..."
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This paper deals with the design of efficiently computable incentive compatible, or truthful, mechanisms for combinatorial optimization problems with multiparameter agents. We focus on approximation algorithms for NPhard mechanism design problems. These algorithms need to satisfy certain monotonicity properties to ensure truthfulness. Since most of the known approximation techniques do not fulfill these properties, we study alternative techniques. Our first contribution is a quite general method to transform a pseudopolynomial algorithm into a monotone FPTAS. This can be applied to various problems like, e.g., knapsack, constrained shortest path, or job scheduling with deadlines. For example, the monotone FPTAS for the knapsack problem gives a very efficient, truthful mechanism for singleminded multiunit auctions. The best previous result for such auctions was a 2approximation. In addition,
Rethinking Virtual Network Embedding: Substrate Support for Path Splitting and Migration
"... Network virtualization is a powerful way to run multiple architectures or experiments simultaneously on a shared infrastructure. However, making efficient use of the underlying resources requires effective techniques for virtual network embedding—mapping each virtual network to specific nodes and li ..."
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Network virtualization is a powerful way to run multiple architectures or experiments simultaneously on a shared infrastructure. However, making efficient use of the underlying resources requires effective techniques for virtual network embedding—mapping each virtual network to specific nodes and links in the substrate network. Since the general embedding problem is computationally intractable, past research restricted the problem space to allow efficient solutions, or focused on designing heuristic algorithms. In this paper, we advocate a different approach: rethinking the design of the substrate network to enable simpler embedding algorithms and more efficient use of resources, without restricting the problem space. In particular, we simplify virtual link embedding by: i) allowing the substrate network to split a virtual link over multiple substrate paths and ii) employing path migration to periodically reoptimize the utilization of the substrate network. We also explore nodemapping algorithms that are customized to common classes of virtualnetwork topologies. Our simulation experiments show that path splitting, path migration, and customized embedding algorithms enable a substrate network to satisfy a much larger mix of virtual networks.
Approximation algorithms for disjoint paths and related routing and packing problems
 Mathematics of Operations Research
, 2000
"... Abstract. Given a network and a set of connection requests on it, we consider the maximum edgedisjoint paths and related generalizations and routing problems that arise in assigning paths for these requests. We present improved approximation algorithms and/or integrality gaps for all problems consi ..."
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Abstract. Given a network and a set of connection requests on it, we consider the maximum edgedisjoint paths and related generalizations and routing problems that arise in assigning paths for these requests. We present improved approximation algorithms and/or integrality gaps for all problems considered; the central theme of this work is the underlying multicommodity flow relaxation. Applications of these techniques to approximating families of packing integer programs are also presented. Key words and phrases. Disjoint paths, approximation algorithms, unsplittable flow, routing, packing, integer programming, multicommodity flow, randomized algorithms, rounding, linear programming. 1
Hardness of the undirected edgedisjoint paths problem
 Proc. of STOC
, 2005
"... In the EdgeDisjoint Paths problem with Congestion (EDPwC), we are given a graph with n nodes, a set of terminal pairs and an integer c. The objective is to route as many terminal pairs as possible, subject to the constraint that at most c demands can be routed through any edge in the graph. When c ..."
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In the EdgeDisjoint Paths problem with Congestion (EDPwC), we are given a graph with n nodes, a set of terminal pairs and an integer c. The objective is to route as many terminal pairs as possible, subject to the constraint that at most c demands can be routed through any edge in the graph. When c = 1, the problem is simply referred to as the EdgeDisjoint Paths (EDP) problem. In this paper, we study the hardness of EDPwC in undirected graphs. We obtain an improved hardness result for EDP, and also show the first polylogarithmic integrality gaps and hardness of approximation results for EDPwC. Specifically, we prove that EDP is (log 1 2 −ε n)hard to approximate for any constant ε> 0, unless NP ⊆ ZP T IME(n polylog n). We also show that for any congestion c = o(log log n / log log log n), there is no (log 1−ε c+1 n)approximation algorithm for EDPwC, unless NP ⊆ ZP T IME(npolylog n). For larger congestion, where c ≤ η log log n / log log log n for some constant η, we obtain superconstant inapproximability ratios. All of our hardness results can be converted into integrality gaps for the multicommodity flow relaxation. We also present a separate elementary direct proof of this integrality gap result. Finally, we note that similar results can be obtained for the AllorNothing Flow (ANF) problem, a relaxation of EDP, in which the flow unit routed between the sourcesink pairs does not have follow a single path, so the resulting flow is not necessarily integral. Using standard transformations, our results also extend to the nodedisjoint versions of these problems as well as to the directed setting. 1
Improved Bounds for the Unsplittable Flow Problem
 In Proceedings of the 13th ACMSIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms
, 2002
"... In this paper we consider the unsplittable ow problem (UFP): given a directed or undirected network G = (V, E) with edge capacities and a set of terminal pairs (or requests) with associated demands, find a subset of the pairs of maximum total demand for which a single flow path can be chosen for eac ..."
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In this paper we consider the unsplittable ow problem (UFP): given a directed or undirected network G = (V, E) with edge capacities and a set of terminal pairs (or requests) with associated demands, find a subset of the pairs of maximum total demand for which a single flow path can be chosen for each pair so that for every edge, the sum of the demands of the paths crossing the edge does not exceed its capacity.
Dependent rounding and its applications to approximation algorithms
 Journal of the ACM
, 2006
"... Abstract We develop a new randomized rounding approach for fractional vectors defined on the edgesets of bipartite graphs. We show various ways of combining this technique with other ideas, leading to improved (approximation) algorithms for various problems. These include: ffl low congestion multi ..."
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Abstract We develop a new randomized rounding approach for fractional vectors defined on the edgesets of bipartite graphs. We show various ways of combining this technique with other ideas, leading to improved (approximation) algorithms for various problems. These include: ffl low congestion multipath routing; ffl richer randomgraph models for graphs with a given degreesequence; ffl improved approximation algorithms for: (i) throughputmaximization in broadcast scheduling, (ii) delayminimization in broadcast scheduling, as well as (iii) capacitated vertex cover; and
Strongly Polynomial Algorithms for the Unsplittable Flow Problem
 In Proceedings of the 8th Conference on Integer Programming and Combinatorial Optimization (IPCO
, 2001
"... We provide the first strongly polynomial algorithms with the best approximation ratio for all three variants of the unsplittable ow problem (UFP). In this problem we are given a (possibly directed) capacitated graph with n vertices and m edges, and a set of terminal pairs each with its own demand an ..."
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We provide the first strongly polynomial algorithms with the best approximation ratio for all three variants of the unsplittable ow problem (UFP). In this problem we are given a (possibly directed) capacitated graph with n vertices and m edges, and a set of terminal pairs each with its own demand and profit. The objective is to connect a subset of the terminal pairs each by a single flow path as to maximize the total profit of the satisfied terminal pairs subject to the capacity constraints. Classical UFP, in which demands must be lower than edge capacities, is known to have an O( m) approximation algorithm. We provide the same result with a strongly polynomial combinatorial algorithm. The extended UFP case is when some demands might be higher than edge capacities. For that case we both improve the current best approximation ratio and use strongly polynomial algorithms.
Approximation Algorithms for the Unsplittable Flow Problem
"... We present approximation algorithms for the unsplittable flow problem (UFP) on undirected graphs. As is standard in this line of research, we assume that the maximum demand is at most the minimum capacity. We focus on the nonuniform capacity case in which the edge capacities can vary arbitrarily ..."
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We present approximation algorithms for the unsplittable flow problem (UFP) on undirected graphs. As is standard in this line of research, we assume that the maximum demand is at most the minimum capacity. We focus on the nonuniform capacity case in which the edge capacities can vary arbitrarily over the graph. Our results are: For undirected graphs we obtain a O(\Delta ff \Gamma 1 log2 n) approximation ratio, where n is the number of vertices, \Delta the maximum degree, and ff the expansion of the graph. Our ratio is capacity independent and improves upon the earlier O(\Delta ff \Gamma 1(c max=cmin) log n) bound [15] for large values of cmax=cmin. Furthermore, if we specialize to the case where all edges have the same capacity, our algorithm gives an O(\Delta ff \Gamma 1 log n) approximation, which matches the performance of the bestknown algorithm [15] for this special case. For certain strong constantdegree expanders considered by Frieze [10] we obtain an O(plog n) approximation for the uniform capacity case, improving upon the current O(log n) approximation. For UFP on the line and the ring, we give the first constantfactor approximation algorithms. Previous results addressed only the uniform capacity case. All of the above results improve if the maximum demand is bounded