Nomadic Service Points

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Nomadic Service Points
— We consider the novel problem of dynamically assigning application sessions of mobile users or user groups to service points. Such assignments must balance the tradeoff between two conflicting goals. On the one hand, we would like to connect a user to the closest server, in order to reduce network costs and service latencies. On the other hand, we would like to minimize the number of costly session migrations, or handoffs, between service points. We tackle this problem using two approaches. First, we employ algorithmic online optimization to obtain algorithms whose worst-case performance is within a factor of the optimal. Next, we extend them with opportunistic versions that achieve excellent practical average performance and scalability. We conduct case studies of two settings where such algorithms are required: wireless mesh networks with mobile users, and wide-area groupware applications with or without mobility.
Edward Bortnikov, Israel Cidon, Idit Keidar
Added 11 Jun 2010
Updated 11 Jun 2010
Type Conference
Year 2006
Authors Edward Bortnikov, Israel Cidon, Idit Keidar
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