## Abstract

This paper deals with the file allocation problem [BFR92] concerning the dynamic optimization of communication costs to access data in a distributed environment. We develop a dynamic file reallocation strategy that adapts online to a sequence of Tead and write requests whose location and relative frequencies are completely unpredictable. This is achieved by replicating the file in response to read requests and migrating the file in response to write requests while paying the associated communications costs, so as to be closer to processors that access it frequently. We develop first explicit deterministic online strategy assuming existence of global information about the state of the network; previous (deterministic) solutions were non-constructive and more expensive. Our solution has (optimal) logarithmic competitive ratio. The paper also contains the first explicit deterministic data migration [BS89] algorithm achieving the best known competitive ratio for this problem. Using somewhat different technique, we also develop the first deterministic distributed file allocation algorithm (using only local information) with poly-logarithmic competitive ratio against a globally- optimized optimal prescient strategy.

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | Proceedings of the 25th Annual ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing, STOC 1993 |

Publisher | Association for Computing Machinery |

Pages | 164-173 |

Number of pages | 10 |

ISBN (Electronic) | 0897915917 |

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State | Published - 1 Jun 1993 |

Externally published | Yes |

Event | 25th Annual ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing, STOC 1993 - San Diego, United States Duration: 16 May 1993 → 18 May 1993 |

### Publication series

Name | Proceedings of the Annual ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing |
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Volume | Part F129585 |

ISSN (Print) | 0737-8017 |

### Conference

Conference | 25th Annual ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing, STOC 1993 |
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Country/Territory | United States |

City | San Diego |

Period | 16/05/93 → 18/05/93 |

### Bibliographical note

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