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On the Placement of Web Server Replicas
 In Proceedings of IEEE INFOCOM
, 2001
"... Abstract—Recently there has been an increasing deployment of content distribution networks (CDNs) that offer hosting services to Web content providers. CDNs deploy a set of servers distributed throughout the Internet and replicate provider content across these servers for better performance and avai ..."
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Abstract—Recently there has been an increasing deployment of content distribution networks (CDNs) that offer hosting services to Web content providers. CDNs deploy a set of servers distributed throughout the Internet and replicate provider content across these servers for better performance and availability than centralized provider servers. Existing work on CDNs has primarily focused on techniques for efficiently redirecting user requests to appropriate CDN servers to reduce request latency and balance load. However, little attention has been given to the development of placement strategies for Web server replicas to further improve CDN performance. In this paper, we explore the problem of Web server replica placement in detail. We develop several placement algorithms that use workload information, such as client latency and request rates, to make informed placement decisions. We then evaluate the placement algorithms using both synthetic and real network topologies, as well as Web server traces, and show that the placement of Web replicas is crucial to CDN performance. We also address a number of practical issues when using these algorithms, such as their sensitivity to imperfect knowledge about client workload and network topology, the stability of the input data, and methods for obtaining the input. Keywords—World Wide Web, replication, replica placement algorithm, content distribution network (CDN). I.
Selection of Views to Materialize in a Data Warehouse
, 1997
"... . A data warehouse stores materialized views of data from one or more sources, with the purpose of efficiently implementing decisionsupport or OLAP queries. One of the most important decisions in designing a data warehouse is the selection of materialized views to be maintained at the warehouse. The ..."
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. A data warehouse stores materialized views of data from one or more sources, with the purpose of efficiently implementing decisionsupport or OLAP queries. One of the most important decisions in designing a data warehouse is the selection of materialized views to be maintained at the warehouse. The goal is to select an appropriate set of views that minimizes total query response time and the cost of maintaining the selected views, given a limited amount of resource, e.g., materialization time, storage space etc. In this article, we develop a theoretical framework for the general problem of selection of views in a data warehouse. We present competitive polynomialtime heuristics for selection of views to optimize total query response time, for some important special cases of the general data warehouse scenario, viz.: (i) an AND view graph, where each query/view has a unique evaluation, and (ii) an OR view graph, in which any view can be computed from any one of its related views, e.g.,...
Improved approximation algorithms for uncapacitated facility location (Extended Abstract)
, 1998
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THE PRIMALDUAL METHOD FOR APPROXIMATION ALGORITHMS AND ITS APPLICATION TO NETWORK DESIGN PROBLEMS
"... The primaldual method is a standard tool in the design of algorithms for combinatorial optimization problems. This chapter shows how the primaldual method can be modified to provide good approximation algorithms for a wide variety of NPhard problems. We concentrate on results from recent researc ..."
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The primaldual method is a standard tool in the design of algorithms for combinatorial optimization problems. This chapter shows how the primaldual method can be modified to provide good approximation algorithms for a wide variety of NPhard problems. We concentrate on results from recent research applying the primaldual method to problems in network design.
Maximizing nonmonotone submodular functions
 In Proceedings of 48th Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science (FOCS
, 2007
"... Submodular maximization generalizes many important problems including Max Cut in directed/undirected graphs and hypergraphs, certain constraint satisfaction problems and maximum facility location problems. Unlike the problem of minimizing submodular functions, the problem of maximizing submodular fu ..."
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Submodular maximization generalizes many important problems including Max Cut in directed/undirected graphs and hypergraphs, certain constraint satisfaction problems and maximum facility location problems. Unlike the problem of minimizing submodular functions, the problem of maximizing submodular functions is NPhard. In this paper, we design the first constantfactor approximation algorithms for maximizing nonnegative submodular functions. In particular, we give a deterministic local search 1 2approximation and a randomizedapproximation algo
Maximizing a Submodular Set Function subject to a Matroid Constraint (Extended Abstract)
 PROC. OF 12 TH IPCO
, 2007
"... Let f: 2 N → R + be a nondecreasing submodular set function, and let (N, I) be a matroid. We consider the problem maxS∈I f(S). It is known that the greedy algorithm yields a 1/2approximation [9] for this problem. It is also known, via a reduction from the maxkcover problem, that there is no (1 ..."
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Let f: 2 N → R + be a nondecreasing submodular set function, and let (N, I) be a matroid. We consider the problem maxS∈I f(S). It is known that the greedy algorithm yields a 1/2approximation [9] for this problem. It is also known, via a reduction from the maxkcover problem, that there is no (1 − 1/e + ɛ)approximation for any constant ɛ> 0, unless P = NP [6]. In this paper, we improve the 1/2approximation to a (1−1/e)approximation, when f is a sum of weighted rank functions of matroids. This class of functions captures a number of interesting problems including set coverage type problems. Our main tools are the pipage rounding technique of Ageev and Sviridenko [1] and a probabilistic lemma on monotone submodular functions that might be of independent interest. We show that the generalized assignment problem (GAP) is a special case of our problem; although the reduction requires N  to be exponential in the original problem size, we are able to interpret the recent (1 − 1/e)approximation for GAP by Fleischer et al. [10] in our framework. This enables us to obtain a (1 − 1/e)approximation for variants of GAP with more complex constraints.
Fast approximate energy minimization with label costs
, 2010
"... The αexpansion algorithm [7] has had a significant impact in computer vision due to its generality, effectiveness, and speed. Thus far it can only minimize energies that involve unary, pairwise, and specialized higherorder terms. Our main contribution is to extend αexpansion so that it can simult ..."
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The αexpansion algorithm [7] has had a significant impact in computer vision due to its generality, effectiveness, and speed. Thus far it can only minimize energies that involve unary, pairwise, and specialized higherorder terms. Our main contribution is to extend αexpansion so that it can simultaneously optimize “label costs ” as well. An energy with label costs can penalize a solution based on the set of labels that appear in it. The simplest special case is to penalize the number of labels in the solution. Our energy is quite general, and we prove optimality bounds for our algorithm. A natural application of label costs is multimodel fitting, and we demonstrate several such applications in vision: homography detection, motion segmentation, and unsupervised image segmentation. Our C++/MATLAB implementation is publicly available.
Approximation Algorithms for Maximum Coverage and Max Cut with Given Sizes of Parts
 Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Proceedings of IPCO'99) 1610
, 1999
"... . In this paper we demonstrate a general method of designing constantfactor approximation algorithms for some discrete optimization problems with cardinality constraints. The core of the method is a simple deterministic ("pipage") procedure of rounding of linear relaxations. By using the method ..."
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. In this paper we demonstrate a general method of designing constantfactor approximation algorithms for some discrete optimization problems with cardinality constraints. The core of the method is a simple deterministic ("pipage") procedure of rounding of linear relaxations. By using the method we design a (1 \Gamma (1 \Gamma 1=k) k )approximation algorithm for the maximum coverage problem where k is the maximum size of the subsets that are covered, and a 1=2approximation algorithm for the maximum cut problem with given sizes of parts in the vertex set bipartition. The performance guarantee of the former improves on that of the wellknown (1 \Gamma e \Gamma1 )greedy algorithm due to Cornuejols, Fisher and Nemhauser in each case of bounded k. The latter is, to the best of our knowledge, the first constantfactor algorithm for that version of the maximum cut problem. 1 Introduction It is a fact of the present day that rounding of linear relaxations is one of the mos...