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Talk given by Prof. Harald Räcke, Technische Universität München (TUM)

Begin: Wed, 05. of Sep 2012 ( 2:00 PM)
Location: Fürstenallee 11, Lecture Hall F1.110

On September 5, 2012, Prof. Harald Räcke from the Technische Universität München will give a talk about "An O(log k)-competitive Algorithm for Generalized Caching" in the context of the SFB 901 colloquium.


In the generalized caching problem, we have a set of pages and a cache of size $k$. Each page $p$ has a size $w_p \ge 1$ and fetching cost $c_p$ for loading the page into the cache. At any point in time, the sum of the sizes of the pages stored in the cache cannot exceed $k$. The input consists of a sequence of page requests. If a page is not present in the cache at the time it is requested, it has to be loaded into the cache incurring a cost of $c_p$.

We give a randomized O(log k)-competitive online algorithm for the generalized caching problem, improving the previous bound of O(log^2 k) by Bansal, Buchbinder, and Naor. This improved bound is tight and of the same order as the known bounds for the classic problem with uniform weights and sizes. We use the same LP based techniques as Bansal et al. but provide improved and slightly simplified methods for rounding fractional solutions online.

This is joint work with Anna Adamaszek, Artur Czumaj, and Matthias Englert.