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The k-Server Problem with Delays on the Uniform Metric Space

Authors Predrag Krnetić, Darya Melnyk, Yuyi Wang, Roger Wattenhofer



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Predrag Krnetić
  • Distributed Computing Group, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Darya Melnyk
  • Distributed Computing Group, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Yuyi Wang
  • Distributed Computing Group, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Roger Wattenhofer
  • Distributed Computing Group, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

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Predrag Krnetić, Darya Melnyk, Yuyi Wang, and Roger Wattenhofer. The k-Server Problem with Delays on the Uniform Metric Space. In 31st International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2020). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 181, pp. 61:1-61:13, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2020)
https://doi.org/10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2020.61

Abstract

In this paper, we present tight bounds for the k-server problem with delays in the uniform metric space. The problem is defined on n+k nodes in the uniform metric space which can issue requests over time. These requests can be served directly or with some delay using k servers, by moving a server to the corresponding node with an open request. The task is to find an online algorithm that can serve the requests while minimizing the total moving and delay costs. We first provide a lower bound by showing that the competitive ratio of any deterministic online algorithm cannot be better than (2k+1) in the clairvoyant setting. We will then show that conservative algorithms (without delay) can be equipped with an accumulative delay function such that all such algorithms become (2k+1)-competitive in the non-clairvoyant setting. Together, the two bounds establish a tight result for both, the clairvoyant and the non-clairvoyant settings.

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ACM Subject Classification
  • Theory of computation → K-server algorithms
  • Theory of computation → Caching and paging algorithms
  • Theory of computation → Online algorithms
Keywords
  • Online k-Server
  • Paging
  • Delayed Service
  • Conservative Algorithms

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