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A Primal-Dual Randomized Algorithm for Weighted Paging

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A Primal-Dual Randomized Algorithm for Weighted Paging
In the weighted paging problem there is a weight (cost) for fetching each page into the cache. We design a randomized O(log k)-competitive online algorithm for the weighted paging problem, where k is the cache size. This is the first randomized o(k)-competitive algorithm and its competitiveness matches the known lower bound on the problem. More generally, we design an O(log(k/(k − h + 1)))-competitive online algorithm for the version of the problem where the online algorithm has cache size k and the offline algorithm has cache size h ≤ k. Weighted paging is a special case (weighted star metric) of the well known k-server problem for which it is a major open question whether randomization can be useful in obtaining subompetitive algorithms. Therefore, abstracting and extending the insights from paging is a key step in the resolution of the k-server problem. Our solution for the weighted paging problem is based on a two-step approach. In the first step we obtain an O(log k)-compe...
Nikhil Bansal, Niv Buchbinder, Joseph Naor
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Type Conference
Year 2007
Where FOCS
Authors Nikhil Bansal, Niv Buchbinder, Joseph Naor
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