A primal-dual randomized algorithm for weighted paging

N. Bansal, N. Buchbinder, J. Naor

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We study the weighted version of the classic online paging problem where there is a weight (cost) for fetching each page into the cache. We design a randomized O(log k)-competitive online algorithm for this problem, where k is the cache size. This is the first randomized o(k)-competitive algorithm and its competitive ratio matches the known lower bound for the problem, up to constant factors. More generally, we design an O(log(k/(k - h + 1)))-competitive online algorithm for the version of the problem where the online algorithm has cache size k and it is compared to an optimal offline solution with cache size h = k. Our solution is based on a two-step approach. We first obtain an O(log k)-competitive fractional algorithm based on an online primal-dual approach. Next, we obtain a randomized algorithm by rounding in an online manner the fractional solution to a probability distribution on the possible cache states. We also give an online primal-dual randomized O(log N)-competitive algorithm for the Metrical Task System problem (MTS) on a weighted star metric on N leaves. Keywords: Weighted paging, online algorithms, randomization, primal-dual
Original languageEnglish
Article number19
Pages (from-to)1-24
JournalJournal of the ACM
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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