Efficient QoS partition and routing of unicast and multicast

D. H. Lorenz, A. Orda, D. Raz, Y. Shavitt

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In this paper we study problems related to supporting unicast and multicast connections with quality of service (QoS) requirements. We investigate the problem of optimal routing and resource allocation in the context of performance-dependent costs. In this context each network element can offer several QoS guarantees, each associated with a different cost. This is a natural extension to the commonly used hi-criteria model, where each link is associated with a single delay and a single cost. This framework is simple yet strong enough to model many practical interesting networking problems. An important problems in this framework is finding a good path for a connection that minimizes the cost whilst retaining the end-to-end delay requirement. Once such a path (or a tree in the multicast case) is found, one needs to partition the end-to-end QoS requirements among the links of the path (tree). We consider the case of general integer cost functions (where delays and cost are integers). As the related problem is NP complete, we concentrate on finding efficient ε-approximation solutions. We improve on recent previous results, both in terms of generality as well as in terms of complexity of the solution. In particular, we present novel approximation techniques that yield the best known complexity for the unicast QoS routing problem, and the first approximation algorithm for the QoS partition problem on trees, both for the centralized and distributed cases.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2000 8th International Workshop on Quality of Service, IWQoS 2000
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)0780362667
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes
Event8th International Workshop on Quality of Service, IWQoS 2000 - Pittsburgh, United States
Duration: 7 Jun 2000 → …

Publication series

NameIEEE International Workshop on Quality of Service, IWQoS
ISSN (Print)1548-615X


Conference8th International Workshop on Quality of Service, IWQoS 2000
Country/TerritoryUnited States
Period7/06/00 → …


  • Bandwidth
  • Cost function
  • Delay
  • Internet
  • Pricing
  • Proposals
  • Quality of service
  • Resource management
  • Routing
  • Unicast


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