Competitive Clustering of Stochastic Communication Patterns on a Ring

Competitive Clustering of Stochastic Communication Patterns on a Ring

Abstract

This paper studies a fundamental dynamic clustering problem. The input is an online sequence of pairwise communication requests between n nodes (e.g., tasks or virtual machines). Our goal is to minimize the communication cost by partitioning the communicating nodes into ` clusters (e.g., physical servers) of size k (e.g., number of virtual machine slots). We assume that if the communicating nodes are located in the same cluster, the communication request costs 0; if the nodes are located in different clusters, the request is served remotely using inter-cluster communication, at cost 1. Additionally, we can migrate: a node from one cluster to another at cost α ≥ 1. We initiate the study of a stochastic problem variant where the communication pattern follows a fixed distribution, set by an adversary. Thus, the online algorithm needs to find a good tradeoff between benefitting from quickly moving to a seemingly good configuration (of low inter-cluster communication costs), and the risk of prematurely ending up in a configuration which later turns out to be bad, entailing high migration costs. Our main technical contribution is a deterministic online algorithm which is O(logn)- competitive with high probability (w.h.p.), for a specific but fundamental class of problems: namely on ring graphs.

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Authors
  • Avin, Chen
  • Cohen, Louis
  • Parham, Mahmoud
  • Schmid, Stefan
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Category
Journal Paper
Divisions
Communication Technologies
Subjects
Informatik Allgemeines
Journal or Publication Title
Computing 2018
Date
2018
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