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Track A: Algorithms, Complexity and Games

**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 297, 51st International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2024)

We design new parallel algorithms for clustering in high-dimensional Euclidean spaces. These algorithms run in the Massively Parallel Computation (MPC) model, and are fully scalable, meaning that the local memory in each machine may be n^σ for arbitrarily small fixed σ > 0. Importantly, the local memory may be substantially smaller than the number of clusters k, yet all our algorithms are fast, i.e., run in O(1) rounds.
We first devise a fast MPC algorithm for O(1)-approximation of uniform Facility Location. This is the first fully-scalable MPC algorithm that achieves O(1)-approximation for any clustering problem in general geometric setting; previous algorithms only provide poly(log n)-approximation or apply to restricted inputs, like low dimension or small number of clusters k; e.g. [Bhaskara and Wijewardena, ICML'18; Cohen-Addad et al., NeurIPS'21; Cohen-Addad et al., ICML'22]. We then build on this Facility Location result and devise a fast MPC algorithm that achieves O(1)-bicriteria approximation for k-Median and for k-Means, namely, it computes (1+ε)k clusters of cost within O(1/ε²)-factor of the optimum for k clusters.
A primary technical tool that we introduce, and may be of independent interest, is a new MPC primitive for geometric aggregation, namely, computing for every data point a statistic of its approximate neighborhood, for statistics like range counting and nearest-neighbor search. Our implementation of this primitive works in high dimension, and is based on consistent hashing (aka sparse partition), a technique that was recently used for streaming algorithms [Czumaj et al., FOCS'22].

Artur Czumaj, Guichen Gao, Shaofeng H.-C. Jiang, Robert Krauthgamer, and Pavel Veselý. Fully-Scalable MPC Algorithms for Clustering in High Dimension. In 51st International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2024). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 297, pp. 50:1-50:20, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2024)

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@InProceedings{czumaj_et_al:LIPIcs.ICALP.2024.50, author = {Czumaj, Artur and Gao, Guichen and Jiang, Shaofeng H.-C. and Krauthgamer, Robert and Vesel\'{y}, Pavel}, title = {{Fully-Scalable MPC Algorithms for Clustering in High Dimension}}, booktitle = {51st International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2024)}, pages = {50:1--50:20}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-322-5}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2024}, volume = {297}, editor = {Bringmann, Karl and Grohe, Martin and Puppis, Gabriele and Svensson, Ola}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2024.50}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-201938}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2024.50}, annote = {Keywords: Massively parallel computing, high dimension, facility location, k-median, k-means} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 283, 34th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2023)

The Shortest Superstring problem is an NP-hard problem, in which given as input a set of strings, we are looking for a string of minimum length that contains all input strings as substrings. The Greedy Conjecture (Tarhio and Ukkonen, 1988) states that the GREEDY algorithm, which repeatedly merges the two strings of maximum overlap, is 2-approximate. We have recently shown (STOC 2022) that the approximation guarantee of GREEDY is at most (13+√{57})/6 ≈ 3.425. Before that, the best established upper bound for this was 3.5 by Kaplan and Shafrir (IPL 2005), which improved upon the upper bound of 4 by Blum et al. (STOC 1991). To derive our previous result, we established two incomparable upper bounds on the overlap sum of all cycle-closing edges in an optimal cycle cover and utilized lemmas of Blum et al.
We improve the more involved one of the two bounds and, at the same time, make its proof more straightforward. This results in an improved approximation guarantee of (√{67}+2)/3 ≈ 3.396 for GREEDY. Additionally, our result implies an algorithm for the Shortest Superstring problem having an approximation guarantee of (√{67}+14)/9 ≈ 2.466, improving slightly upon the previously best guarantee of (√{57}+37)/18 ≈ 2.475 (STOC 2022).

Matthias Englert, Nicolaos Matsakis, and Pavel Veselý. Approximation Guarantees for Shortest Superstrings: Simpler and Better. In 34th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2023). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 283, pp. 29:1-29:17, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2023)

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@InProceedings{englert_et_al:LIPIcs.ISAAC.2023.29, author = {Englert, Matthias and Matsakis, Nicolaos and Vesel\'{y}, Pavel}, title = {{Approximation Guarantees for Shortest Superstrings: Simpler and Better}}, booktitle = {34th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2023)}, pages = {29:1--29:17}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-289-1}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2023}, volume = {283}, editor = {Iwata, Satoru and Kakimura, Naonori}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2023.29}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-193319}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2023.29}, annote = {Keywords: Shortest Superstring problem, Approximation Algorithms} }

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Track A: Algorithms, Complexity and Games

**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 229, 49th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2022)

We consider an important generalization of the Steiner tree problem, the Steiner forest problem, in the Euclidean plane: the input is a multiset X ⊆ ℝ², partitioned into k color classes C₁, C₂, …, Cₖ ⊆ X. The goal is to find a minimum-cost Euclidean graph G such that every color class Cᵢ is connected in G. We study this Steiner forest problem in the streaming setting, where the stream consists of insertions and deletions of points to X. Each input point x ∈ X arrives with its color color(x) ∈ [k], and as usual for dynamic geometric streams, the input is restricted to the discrete grid {0, …, Δ}².
We design a single-pass streaming algorithm that uses poly(k ⋅ log Δ) space and time, and estimates the cost of an optimal Steiner forest solution within ratio arbitrarily close to the famous Euclidean Steiner ratio α₂ (currently 1.1547 ≤ α₂ ≤ 1.214). This approximation guarantee matches the state of the art bound for streaming Steiner tree, i.e., when k = 1. Our approach relies on a novel combination of streaming techniques, like sampling and linear sketching, with the classical Arora-style dynamic-programming framework for geometric optimization problems, which usually requires large memory and has so far not been applied in the streaming setting.
We complement our streaming algorithm for the Steiner forest problem with simple arguments showing that any finite approximation requires Ω(k) bits of space.

Artur Czumaj, Shaofeng H.-C. Jiang, Robert Krauthgamer, and Pavel Veselý. Streaming Algorithms for Geometric Steiner Forest. In 49th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 229, pp. 47:1-47:20, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)

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@InProceedings{czumaj_et_al:LIPIcs.ICALP.2022.47, author = {Czumaj, Artur and Jiang, Shaofeng H.-C. and Krauthgamer, Robert and Vesel\'{y}, Pavel}, title = {{Streaming Algorithms for Geometric Steiner Forest}}, booktitle = {49th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2022)}, pages = {47:1--47:20}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-235-8}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2022}, volume = {229}, editor = {Boja\'{n}czyk, Miko{\l}aj and Merelli, Emanuela and Woodruff, David P.}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2022.47}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-163880}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2022.47}, annote = {Keywords: Steiner forest, streaming, sublinear algorithms, dynamic programming} }

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Track A: Algorithms, Complexity and Games

**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 198, 48th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2021)

We consider the problem of managing the buffer of a shared-memory switch that transmits packets of unit value. A shared-memory switch consists of an input port, a number of output ports, and a buffer with a specific capacity. In each time step, an arbitrary number of packets arrive at the input port, each packet designated for one output port. Each packet is added to the queue of the respective output port. If the total number of packets exceeds the capacity of the buffer, some packets have to be irrevocably rejected. At the end of each time step, each output port transmits a packet in its queue and the goal is to maximize the number of transmitted packets.
The Longest Queue Drop (LQD) online algorithm accepts any arriving packet to the buffer. However, if this results in the buffer exceeding its memory capacity, then LQD drops a packet from the back of whichever queue is currently the longest, breaking ties arbitrarily. The LQD algorithm was first introduced in 1991, and is known to be 2-competitive since 2001. Although LQD remains the best known online algorithm for the problem and is of practical interest, determining its true competitiveness is a long-standing open problem. We show that LQD is 1.707-competitive, establishing the first (2-ε) upper bound for the competitive ratio of LQD, for a constant ε > 0.

Antonios Antoniadis, Matthias Englert, Nicolaos Matsakis, and Pavel Veselý. Breaking the Barrier Of 2 for the Competitiveness of Longest Queue Drop. In 48th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2021). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 198, pp. 17:1-17:20, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2021)

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@InProceedings{antoniadis_et_al:LIPIcs.ICALP.2021.17, author = {Antoniadis, Antonios and Englert, Matthias and Matsakis, Nicolaos and Vesel\'{y}, Pavel}, title = {{Breaking the Barrier Of 2 for the Competitiveness of Longest Queue Drop}}, booktitle = {48th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2021)}, pages = {17:1--17:20}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-195-5}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2021}, volume = {198}, editor = {Bansal, Nikhil and Merelli, Emanuela and Worrell, James}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2021.17}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-140864}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2021.17}, annote = {Keywords: buffer management, online scheduling, online algorithms, longest queue drop} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 96, 35th Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2018)

We study the Steiner Tree problem, in which a set of terminal vertices needs to be connected in the cheapest possible way in an edge-weighted graph. This problem has been extensively studied from the viewpoint of approximation and also parametrization. In particular, on one hand Steiner Tree is known to be APX-hard, and W[2]-hard on the other, if parameterized by the number of non-terminals (Steiner vertices) in the optimum solution. In contrast to this we give an efficient parameterized approximation scheme (EPAS), which circumvents both hardness results. Moreover, our methods imply the existence of a polynomial size approximate kernelization scheme (PSAKS) for the considered parameter.
We further study the parameterized approximability of other variants of Steiner Tree, such as Directed Steiner Tree and Steiner Forest. For neither of these an EPAS is likely to exist for the studied parameter: for Steiner Forest an easy observation shows that the problem is APX-hard, even if the input graph contains no Steiner vertices. For Directed Steiner Tree we prove that computing a constant approximation for this parameter is W[1]-hard. Nevertheless, we show that an EPAS exists for Unweighted Directed Steiner Tree. Also we prove that there is an EPAS and a PSAKS for Steiner Forest if in addition to the number of Steiner vertices, the number of connected components of an optimal solution is considered to be a parameter.

Pavel Dvorák, Andreas Emil Feldmann, Dušan Knop, Tomáš Masarík, Tomáš Toufar, and Pavel Veselý. Parameterized Approximation Schemes for Steiner Trees with Small Number of Steiner Vertices. In 35th Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2018). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 96, pp. 26:1-26:15, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2018)

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@InProceedings{dvorak_et_al:LIPIcs.STACS.2018.26, author = {Dvor\'{a}k, Pavel and Feldmann, Andreas Emil and Knop, Du\v{s}an and Masar{\'\i}k, Tom\'{a}\v{s} and Toufar, Tom\'{a}\v{s} and Vesel\'{y}, Pavel}, title = {{Parameterized Approximation Schemes for Steiner Trees with Small Number of Steiner Vertices}}, booktitle = {35th Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2018)}, pages = {26:1--26:15}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-062-0}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2018}, volume = {96}, editor = {Niedermeier, Rolf and Vall\'{e}e, Brigitte}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.STACS.2018.26}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-85158}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.STACS.2018.26}, annote = {Keywords: Steiner Tree, Steiner Forest, Approximation Algorithms, Parameterized Algorithms, Lossy Kernelization} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 64, 27th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2016)

We study the online bounded-delay packet scheduling problem (PacketScheduling), where packets of unit size arrive at a router over time and need to be transmitted over a network link. Each packet has two attributes: a non-negative weight and a deadline for its transmission. The objective is to maximize the total weight of the transmitted packets. This problem has been well studied in the literature, yet its optimal competitive ratio remains unknown: the best upper bound is 1.828 [Englert and Westermann, SODA 2007], still quite far from the best lower bound of phi approx 1.618 [Hajek, CISS 2001; Andelman et al, SODA 2003; Chin and Fung, Algorithmica, 2003].
In the variant of PacketScheduling with s-bounded instances, each packet can be scheduled in at most s consecutive slots, starting at its release time. The lower bound of phi applies even to the special case of 2-bounded instances, and a phi-competitive algorithm for 3-bounded instances was given in [Chin et al, JDA, 2006]. Improving that result, and addressing a question posed by Goldwasser [SIGACT News, 2010], we present a phi-competitive algorithm for 4-bounded instances.
We also study a variant of PacketScheduling where an online algorithm has the additional power of 1-lookahead, knowing at time t which packets will arrive at time t+1. For PacketScheduling with 1-lookahead restricted to 2-bounded instances, we present an online algorithm with competitive ratio frac{1}{2}(sqrt{13} - 1) approx 1.303 and we prove a nearly tight lower bound of frac{1}{4}(1 + sqrt{17}) approx 1.281.

Martin Böhm, Marek Chrobak, Lukasz Jez, Fei Li, Jirí Sgall, and Pavel Veselý. Online Packet Scheduling with Bounded Delay and Lookahead. In 27th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2016). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 64, pp. 21:1-21:13, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2016)

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@InProceedings{bohm_et_al:LIPIcs.ISAAC.2016.21, author = {B\"{o}hm, Martin and Chrobak, Marek and Jez, Lukasz and Li, Fei and Sgall, Jir{\'\i} and Vesel\'{y}, Pavel}, title = {{Online Packet Scheduling with Bounded Delay and Lookahead}}, booktitle = {27th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2016)}, pages = {21:1--21:13}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-026-2}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2016}, volume = {64}, editor = {Hong, Seok-Hee}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2016.21}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-67901}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2016.21}, annote = {Keywords: buffer management, online scheduling, online algorithm, lookahead} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 57, 24th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2016)

In the Multi-Level Aggregation Problem (MLAP), requests arrive at the nodes of an edge-weighted tree T, and have to be served eventually. A service is defined as a subtree X of T that contains its root. This subtree X serves all requests that are pending in the nodes of X, and the cost of this service is equal to the total weight of X. Each request also incurs waiting cost between its arrival and service times. The objective is to minimize the total waiting cost of all requests plus the total cost of all service subtrees. MLAP is a generalization of some well-studied optimization problems; for example, for trees of depth 1, MLAP is equivalent to the TCP Acknowledgment Problem, while for trees of depth 2, it is equivalent to the Joint Replenishment Problem. Aggregation problem for trees of arbitrary depth arise in multicasting, sensor networks, communication in organization hierarchies, and in supply-chain management. The instances of MLAP associated with these applications are naturally online, in the sense that aggregation decisions need to be made without information about future requests.
Constant-competitive online algorithms are known for MLAP with one or two levels. However, it has been open whether there exist constant competitive online algorithms for trees of depth more than 2. Addressing this open problem, we give the first constant competitive online algorithm for networks of arbitrary (fixed) number of levels. The competitive ratio is O(D^4*2^D), where D is the depth of T. The algorithm works for arbitrary waiting cost functions, including the variant with deadlines. We include several additional results in the paper. We show that a standard lower-bound technique for MLAP, based on so-called Single-Phase instances, cannot give super-constant lower bounds (as a function of the tree depth). This result is established by giving an online algorithm with optimal competitive ratio 4 for such instances on arbitrary trees. We also study the MLAP variant when the tree is a path, for which we give a lower bound of 4 on the competitive ratio, improving the lower bound known for general MLAP. We complement this with a matching upper bound for the deadline setting.

Marcin Bienkowski, Martin Böhm, Jaroslaw Byrka, Marek Chrobak, Christoph Dürr, Lukas Folwarczny, Lukasz Jez, Jiri Sgall, Nguyen Kim Thang, and Pavel Vesely. Online Algorithms for Multi-Level Aggregation. In 24th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2016). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 57, pp. 12:1-12:17, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2016)

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@InProceedings{bienkowski_et_al:LIPIcs.ESA.2016.12, author = {Bienkowski, Marcin and B\"{o}hm, Martin and Byrka, Jaroslaw and Chrobak, Marek and D\"{u}rr, Christoph and Folwarczny, Lukas and Jez, Lukasz and Sgall, Jiri and Kim Thang, Nguyen and Vesely, Pavel}, title = {{Online Algorithms for Multi-Level Aggregation}}, booktitle = {24th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2016)}, pages = {12:1--12:17}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-015-6}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2016}, volume = {57}, editor = {Sankowski, Piotr and Zaroliagis, Christos}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ESA.2016.12}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-63637}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ESA.2016.12}, annote = {Keywords: algorithmic aspects of networks, online algorithms, scheduling and resource allocation} }

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Track A: Algorithms, Complexity and Games

**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 297, 51st International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2024)

We design new parallel algorithms for clustering in high-dimensional Euclidean spaces. These algorithms run in the Massively Parallel Computation (MPC) model, and are fully scalable, meaning that the local memory in each machine may be n^σ for arbitrarily small fixed σ > 0. Importantly, the local memory may be substantially smaller than the number of clusters k, yet all our algorithms are fast, i.e., run in O(1) rounds.
We first devise a fast MPC algorithm for O(1)-approximation of uniform Facility Location. This is the first fully-scalable MPC algorithm that achieves O(1)-approximation for any clustering problem in general geometric setting; previous algorithms only provide poly(log n)-approximation or apply to restricted inputs, like low dimension or small number of clusters k; e.g. [Bhaskara and Wijewardena, ICML'18; Cohen-Addad et al., NeurIPS'21; Cohen-Addad et al., ICML'22]. We then build on this Facility Location result and devise a fast MPC algorithm that achieves O(1)-bicriteria approximation for k-Median and for k-Means, namely, it computes (1+ε)k clusters of cost within O(1/ε²)-factor of the optimum for k clusters.
A primary technical tool that we introduce, and may be of independent interest, is a new MPC primitive for geometric aggregation, namely, computing for every data point a statistic of its approximate neighborhood, for statistics like range counting and nearest-neighbor search. Our implementation of this primitive works in high dimension, and is based on consistent hashing (aka sparse partition), a technique that was recently used for streaming algorithms [Czumaj et al., FOCS'22].

Artur Czumaj, Guichen Gao, Shaofeng H.-C. Jiang, Robert Krauthgamer, and Pavel Veselý. Fully-Scalable MPC Algorithms for Clustering in High Dimension. In 51st International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2024). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 297, pp. 50:1-50:20, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2024)

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@InProceedings{czumaj_et_al:LIPIcs.ICALP.2024.50, author = {Czumaj, Artur and Gao, Guichen and Jiang, Shaofeng H.-C. and Krauthgamer, Robert and Vesel\'{y}, Pavel}, title = {{Fully-Scalable MPC Algorithms for Clustering in High Dimension}}, booktitle = {51st International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2024)}, pages = {50:1--50:20}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-322-5}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2024}, volume = {297}, editor = {Bringmann, Karl and Grohe, Martin and Puppis, Gabriele and Svensson, Ola}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2024.50}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-201938}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2024.50}, annote = {Keywords: Massively parallel computing, high dimension, facility location, k-median, k-means} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 283, 34th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2023)

The Shortest Superstring problem is an NP-hard problem, in which given as input a set of strings, we are looking for a string of minimum length that contains all input strings as substrings. The Greedy Conjecture (Tarhio and Ukkonen, 1988) states that the GREEDY algorithm, which repeatedly merges the two strings of maximum overlap, is 2-approximate. We have recently shown (STOC 2022) that the approximation guarantee of GREEDY is at most (13+√{57})/6 ≈ 3.425. Before that, the best established upper bound for this was 3.5 by Kaplan and Shafrir (IPL 2005), which improved upon the upper bound of 4 by Blum et al. (STOC 1991). To derive our previous result, we established two incomparable upper bounds on the overlap sum of all cycle-closing edges in an optimal cycle cover and utilized lemmas of Blum et al.
We improve the more involved one of the two bounds and, at the same time, make its proof more straightforward. This results in an improved approximation guarantee of (√{67}+2)/3 ≈ 3.396 for GREEDY. Additionally, our result implies an algorithm for the Shortest Superstring problem having an approximation guarantee of (√{67}+14)/9 ≈ 2.466, improving slightly upon the previously best guarantee of (√{57}+37)/18 ≈ 2.475 (STOC 2022).

Matthias Englert, Nicolaos Matsakis, and Pavel Veselý. Approximation Guarantees for Shortest Superstrings: Simpler and Better. In 34th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2023). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 283, pp. 29:1-29:17, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2023)

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@InProceedings{englert_et_al:LIPIcs.ISAAC.2023.29, author = {Englert, Matthias and Matsakis, Nicolaos and Vesel\'{y}, Pavel}, title = {{Approximation Guarantees for Shortest Superstrings: Simpler and Better}}, booktitle = {34th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2023)}, pages = {29:1--29:17}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-289-1}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2023}, volume = {283}, editor = {Iwata, Satoru and Kakimura, Naonori}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2023.29}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-193319}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2023.29}, annote = {Keywords: Shortest Superstring problem, Approximation Algorithms} }

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Track A: Algorithms, Complexity and Games

**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 229, 49th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2022)

We consider an important generalization of the Steiner tree problem, the Steiner forest problem, in the Euclidean plane: the input is a multiset X ⊆ ℝ², partitioned into k color classes C₁, C₂, …, Cₖ ⊆ X. The goal is to find a minimum-cost Euclidean graph G such that every color class Cᵢ is connected in G. We study this Steiner forest problem in the streaming setting, where the stream consists of insertions and deletions of points to X. Each input point x ∈ X arrives with its color color(x) ∈ [k], and as usual for dynamic geometric streams, the input is restricted to the discrete grid {0, …, Δ}².
We design a single-pass streaming algorithm that uses poly(k ⋅ log Δ) space and time, and estimates the cost of an optimal Steiner forest solution within ratio arbitrarily close to the famous Euclidean Steiner ratio α₂ (currently 1.1547 ≤ α₂ ≤ 1.214). This approximation guarantee matches the state of the art bound for streaming Steiner tree, i.e., when k = 1. Our approach relies on a novel combination of streaming techniques, like sampling and linear sketching, with the classical Arora-style dynamic-programming framework for geometric optimization problems, which usually requires large memory and has so far not been applied in the streaming setting.
We complement our streaming algorithm for the Steiner forest problem with simple arguments showing that any finite approximation requires Ω(k) bits of space.

Artur Czumaj, Shaofeng H.-C. Jiang, Robert Krauthgamer, and Pavel Veselý. Streaming Algorithms for Geometric Steiner Forest. In 49th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 229, pp. 47:1-47:20, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)

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@InProceedings{czumaj_et_al:LIPIcs.ICALP.2022.47, author = {Czumaj, Artur and Jiang, Shaofeng H.-C. and Krauthgamer, Robert and Vesel\'{y}, Pavel}, title = {{Streaming Algorithms for Geometric Steiner Forest}}, booktitle = {49th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2022)}, pages = {47:1--47:20}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-235-8}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2022}, volume = {229}, editor = {Boja\'{n}czyk, Miko{\l}aj and Merelli, Emanuela and Woodruff, David P.}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2022.47}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-163880}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2022.47}, annote = {Keywords: Steiner forest, streaming, sublinear algorithms, dynamic programming} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 198, 48th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2021)

We consider the problem of managing the buffer of a shared-memory switch that transmits packets of unit value. A shared-memory switch consists of an input port, a number of output ports, and a buffer with a specific capacity. In each time step, an arbitrary number of packets arrive at the input port, each packet designated for one output port. Each packet is added to the queue of the respective output port. If the total number of packets exceeds the capacity of the buffer, some packets have to be irrevocably rejected. At the end of each time step, each output port transmits a packet in its queue and the goal is to maximize the number of transmitted packets.
The Longest Queue Drop (LQD) online algorithm accepts any arriving packet to the buffer. However, if this results in the buffer exceeding its memory capacity, then LQD drops a packet from the back of whichever queue is currently the longest, breaking ties arbitrarily. The LQD algorithm was first introduced in 1991, and is known to be 2-competitive since 2001. Although LQD remains the best known online algorithm for the problem and is of practical interest, determining its true competitiveness is a long-standing open problem. We show that LQD is 1.707-competitive, establishing the first (2-ε) upper bound for the competitive ratio of LQD, for a constant ε > 0.

Antonios Antoniadis, Matthias Englert, Nicolaos Matsakis, and Pavel Veselý. Breaking the Barrier Of 2 for the Competitiveness of Longest Queue Drop. In 48th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2021). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 198, pp. 17:1-17:20, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2021)

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@InProceedings{antoniadis_et_al:LIPIcs.ICALP.2021.17, author = {Antoniadis, Antonios and Englert, Matthias and Matsakis, Nicolaos and Vesel\'{y}, Pavel}, title = {{Breaking the Barrier Of 2 for the Competitiveness of Longest Queue Drop}}, booktitle = {48th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming (ICALP 2021)}, pages = {17:1--17:20}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-195-5}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2021}, volume = {198}, editor = {Bansal, Nikhil and Merelli, Emanuela and Worrell, James}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2021.17}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-140864}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ICALP.2021.17}, annote = {Keywords: buffer management, online scheduling, online algorithms, longest queue drop} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 96, 35th Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2018)

We study the Steiner Tree problem, in which a set of terminal vertices needs to be connected in the cheapest possible way in an edge-weighted graph. This problem has been extensively studied from the viewpoint of approximation and also parametrization. In particular, on one hand Steiner Tree is known to be APX-hard, and W[2]-hard on the other, if parameterized by the number of non-terminals (Steiner vertices) in the optimum solution. In contrast to this we give an efficient parameterized approximation scheme (EPAS), which circumvents both hardness results. Moreover, our methods imply the existence of a polynomial size approximate kernelization scheme (PSAKS) for the considered parameter.
We further study the parameterized approximability of other variants of Steiner Tree, such as Directed Steiner Tree and Steiner Forest. For neither of these an EPAS is likely to exist for the studied parameter: for Steiner Forest an easy observation shows that the problem is APX-hard, even if the input graph contains no Steiner vertices. For Directed Steiner Tree we prove that computing a constant approximation for this parameter is W[1]-hard. Nevertheless, we show that an EPAS exists for Unweighted Directed Steiner Tree. Also we prove that there is an EPAS and a PSAKS for Steiner Forest if in addition to the number of Steiner vertices, the number of connected components of an optimal solution is considered to be a parameter.

Pavel Dvorák, Andreas Emil Feldmann, Dušan Knop, Tomáš Masarík, Tomáš Toufar, and Pavel Veselý. Parameterized Approximation Schemes for Steiner Trees with Small Number of Steiner Vertices. In 35th Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2018). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 96, pp. 26:1-26:15, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2018)

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@InProceedings{dvorak_et_al:LIPIcs.STACS.2018.26, author = {Dvor\'{a}k, Pavel and Feldmann, Andreas Emil and Knop, Du\v{s}an and Masar{\'\i}k, Tom\'{a}\v{s} and Toufar, Tom\'{a}\v{s} and Vesel\'{y}, Pavel}, title = {{Parameterized Approximation Schemes for Steiner Trees with Small Number of Steiner Vertices}}, booktitle = {35th Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Computer Science (STACS 2018)}, pages = {26:1--26:15}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-062-0}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2018}, volume = {96}, editor = {Niedermeier, Rolf and Vall\'{e}e, Brigitte}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.STACS.2018.26}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-85158}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.STACS.2018.26}, annote = {Keywords: Steiner Tree, Steiner Forest, Approximation Algorithms, Parameterized Algorithms, Lossy Kernelization} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 64, 27th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2016)

We study the online bounded-delay packet scheduling problem (PacketScheduling), where packets of unit size arrive at a router over time and need to be transmitted over a network link. Each packet has two attributes: a non-negative weight and a deadline for its transmission. The objective is to maximize the total weight of the transmitted packets. This problem has been well studied in the literature, yet its optimal competitive ratio remains unknown: the best upper bound is 1.828 [Englert and Westermann, SODA 2007], still quite far from the best lower bound of phi approx 1.618 [Hajek, CISS 2001; Andelman et al, SODA 2003; Chin and Fung, Algorithmica, 2003].
In the variant of PacketScheduling with s-bounded instances, each packet can be scheduled in at most s consecutive slots, starting at its release time. The lower bound of phi applies even to the special case of 2-bounded instances, and a phi-competitive algorithm for 3-bounded instances was given in [Chin et al, JDA, 2006]. Improving that result, and addressing a question posed by Goldwasser [SIGACT News, 2010], we present a phi-competitive algorithm for 4-bounded instances.
We also study a variant of PacketScheduling where an online algorithm has the additional power of 1-lookahead, knowing at time t which packets will arrive at time t+1. For PacketScheduling with 1-lookahead restricted to 2-bounded instances, we present an online algorithm with competitive ratio frac{1}{2}(sqrt{13} - 1) approx 1.303 and we prove a nearly tight lower bound of frac{1}{4}(1 + sqrt{17}) approx 1.281.

Martin Böhm, Marek Chrobak, Lukasz Jez, Fei Li, Jirí Sgall, and Pavel Veselý. Online Packet Scheduling with Bounded Delay and Lookahead. In 27th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2016). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 64, pp. 21:1-21:13, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2016)

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@InProceedings{bohm_et_al:LIPIcs.ISAAC.2016.21, author = {B\"{o}hm, Martin and Chrobak, Marek and Jez, Lukasz and Li, Fei and Sgall, Jir{\'\i} and Vesel\'{y}, Pavel}, title = {{Online Packet Scheduling with Bounded Delay and Lookahead}}, booktitle = {27th International Symposium on Algorithms and Computation (ISAAC 2016)}, pages = {21:1--21:13}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-026-2}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2016}, volume = {64}, editor = {Hong, Seok-Hee}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2016.21}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-67901}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ISAAC.2016.21}, annote = {Keywords: buffer management, online scheduling, online algorithm, lookahead} }

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**Published in:** LIPIcs, Volume 57, 24th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2016)

In the Multi-Level Aggregation Problem (MLAP), requests arrive at the nodes of an edge-weighted tree T, and have to be served eventually. A service is defined as a subtree X of T that contains its root. This subtree X serves all requests that are pending in the nodes of X, and the cost of this service is equal to the total weight of X. Each request also incurs waiting cost between its arrival and service times. The objective is to minimize the total waiting cost of all requests plus the total cost of all service subtrees. MLAP is a generalization of some well-studied optimization problems; for example, for trees of depth 1, MLAP is equivalent to the TCP Acknowledgment Problem, while for trees of depth 2, it is equivalent to the Joint Replenishment Problem. Aggregation problem for trees of arbitrary depth arise in multicasting, sensor networks, communication in organization hierarchies, and in supply-chain management. The instances of MLAP associated with these applications are naturally online, in the sense that aggregation decisions need to be made without information about future requests.
Constant-competitive online algorithms are known for MLAP with one or two levels. However, it has been open whether there exist constant competitive online algorithms for trees of depth more than 2. Addressing this open problem, we give the first constant competitive online algorithm for networks of arbitrary (fixed) number of levels. The competitive ratio is O(D^4*2^D), where D is the depth of T. The algorithm works for arbitrary waiting cost functions, including the variant with deadlines. We include several additional results in the paper. We show that a standard lower-bound technique for MLAP, based on so-called Single-Phase instances, cannot give super-constant lower bounds (as a function of the tree depth). This result is established by giving an online algorithm with optimal competitive ratio 4 for such instances on arbitrary trees. We also study the MLAP variant when the tree is a path, for which we give a lower bound of 4 on the competitive ratio, improving the lower bound known for general MLAP. We complement this with a matching upper bound for the deadline setting.

Marcin Bienkowski, Martin Böhm, Jaroslaw Byrka, Marek Chrobak, Christoph Dürr, Lukas Folwarczny, Lukasz Jez, Jiri Sgall, Nguyen Kim Thang, and Pavel Vesely. Online Algorithms for Multi-Level Aggregation. In 24th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2016). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 57, pp. 12:1-12:17, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2016)

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@InProceedings{bienkowski_et_al:LIPIcs.ESA.2016.12, author = {Bienkowski, Marcin and B\"{o}hm, Martin and Byrka, Jaroslaw and Chrobak, Marek and D\"{u}rr, Christoph and Folwarczny, Lukas and Jez, Lukasz and Sgall, Jiri and Kim Thang, Nguyen and Vesely, Pavel}, title = {{Online Algorithms for Multi-Level Aggregation}}, booktitle = {24th Annual European Symposium on Algorithms (ESA 2016)}, pages = {12:1--12:17}, series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)}, ISBN = {978-3-95977-015-6}, ISSN = {1868-8969}, year = {2016}, volume = {57}, editor = {Sankowski, Piotr and Zaroliagis, Christos}, publisher = {Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik}, address = {Dagstuhl, Germany}, URL = {https://drops.dagstuhl.de/entities/document/10.4230/LIPIcs.ESA.2016.12}, URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-63637}, doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.ESA.2016.12}, annote = {Keywords: algorithmic aspects of networks, online algorithms, scheduling and resource allocation} }