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A Combinatorial Bound on the List Size

Cassuto, Yuval and Bruck, Jehoshua (2004) A Combinatorial Bound on the List Size. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena. (Unpublished)

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In this paper we study the scenario in which a server sends dynamic data over a single broadcast channel to a number of passive clients. We consider the data to consist of discrete packets, where each update is sent in a separate packet. On demand, each client listens to the channel in order to obtain the most recent data packet. Such scenarios arise in many practical applications such as the distribution of weather and traffic updates to wireless mobile devices and broadcasting stock price information over the Internet. To satisfy a request, a client must listen to at least one packet from beginning to end. We thus consider the design of a broadcast schedule which minimizes the time that passes between a clients request and the time that it hears a new data packet, i.e., the waiting time of the client. Previous studies have addressed this objective, assuming that client requests are distributed uniformly over time. However, in the general setting, the clients behavior is difficult to predict and might not be known to the server. In this work we consider the design of universal schedules that guarantee a short waiting time for any possible client behavior. We define the model of dynamic broadcasting in the universal setting, and prove various results regarding the waiting time achievable in this framework.

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Cassuto, Yuval0000-0001-6369-6699
Bruck, Jehoshua0000-0001-8474-0812
Group:Parallel and Distributed Systems Group
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Deposited On:20 Aug 2004
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