@inproceedings{c99cef90c87f498eb52d529a4536aeb0,

title = "An optimal randomized online algorithm for reordering buffer management",

abstract = "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.",

keywords = "Online computing, Randomized algorithms, Reordering buffer management",

author = "Noa Avigdor-Elgrabli and Yuval Rabani",

year = "2013",

doi = "10.1109/FOCS.2013.9",

language = "American English",

isbn = "9780769551357",

series = "Proceedings - Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, FOCS",

pages = "1--10",

booktitle = "Proceedings - 2013 IEEE 54th Annual Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, FOCS 2013",

note = "2013 IEEE 54th Annual Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science, FOCS 2013 ; Conference date: 27-10-2013 Through 29-10-2013",

}