TY - GEN

T1 - An optimal randomized online algorithm for reordering buffer management

AU - Avigdor-Elgrabli, Noa

AU - Rabani, Yuval

PY - 2013

Y1 - 2013

N2 - We give an O(log log k)-competitive randomized online algorithm for reordering buffer management, where k is the buffer size. Our bound matches the lower bound of Adamaszek et al. (STOC 2011). Our algorithm has two stages which are executed online in parallel. The first stage computes deterministically a feasible fractional solution to an LP relaxation for reordering buffer management. The second stage "rounds" using randomness the fractional solution. The first stage is based on the online primal-dual schema, combined with a dual fitting charging scheme. As primal-dual steps and dual fitting steps are interleaved and in some sense conflicting, combining them is challenging. We also note that we apply the primal-dual schema to a relaxation with mixed packing and covering constraints. The first stage produces a fractional LP solution with cost within a factor of O(log log k) of the optimal LP cost. The second stage is an online algorithm that converts any LP solution to an integral solution, while increasing the cost by a constant factor. This stage generalizes recent results that gave a similar approximation guarantee using an offline rounding algorithm.

AB - We give an O(log log k)-competitive randomized online algorithm for reordering buffer management, where k is the buffer size. Our bound matches the lower bound of Adamaszek et al. (STOC 2011). Our algorithm has two stages which are executed online in parallel. The first stage computes deterministically a feasible fractional solution to an LP relaxation for reordering buffer management. The second stage "rounds" using randomness the fractional solution. The first stage is based on the online primal-dual schema, combined with a dual fitting charging scheme. As primal-dual steps and dual fitting steps are interleaved and in some sense conflicting, combining them is challenging. We also note that we apply the primal-dual schema to a relaxation with mixed packing and covering constraints. The first stage produces a fractional LP solution with cost within a factor of O(log log k) of the optimal LP cost. The second stage is an online algorithm that converts any LP solution to an integral solution, while increasing the cost by a constant factor. This stage generalizes recent results that gave a similar approximation guarantee using an offline rounding algorithm.

KW - Online computing

KW - Randomized algorithms

KW - Reordering buffer management

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84893476086&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1109/FOCS.2013.9

DO - 10.1109/FOCS.2013.9

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AN - SCOPUS:84893476086

SN - 9780769551357

T3 - Proceedings - Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, FOCS

SP - 1

EP - 10

BT - Proceedings - 2013 IEEE 54th Annual Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, FOCS 2013

T2 - 2013 IEEE 54th Annual Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, FOCS 2013

Y2 - 27 October 2013 through 29 October 2013

ER -