## A constant-factor approximation algorithm for packet routing, and balancing local vs. global criteria (1997)

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Venue: | In Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on the Theory of Computing (STOC |

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@INPROCEEDINGS{Srinivasan97aconstant-factor,

author = {Aravind Srinivasan and Chung-piaw Teo},

title = {A constant-factor approximation algorithm for packet routing, and balancing local vs. global criteria},

booktitle = {In Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on the Theory of Computing (STOC},

year = {1997},

pages = {636--643}

}

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Abstract. We present the first constant-factor approximation algorithm for a fundamental problem: the store-and-forward packet routing problem on arbitrary networks. Furthermore, the queue sizes required at the edges are bounded by an absolute constant. Thus, this algorithmbalances a global criterion (routing time) with a local criterion (maximum queue size) and shows how to get simultaneous good bounds for both. For this particular problem, approximating the routing time well, even without considering the queue sizes, was open. We then consider a class of such local vs. global problems in the context of covering integer programs and show how to improve the local criterion by a logarithmic factor by losing a constant factor in the global criterion.