A Polynomial-time Approximation Scheme for Fault-tolerant Distributed Storage

Constantinos Daskalakis, Anindya De, Ilias Diakonikolas, Ankur Moitra, and Rocco Servedio

Abstract: We consider a problem which has received considerable attention in systems literature because of its applications to routing in delay tolerant networks and replica placement in distributed storage systems. We provide an additive EPTAS for this problem. Our approach is inspired by, and extends, recent structural results from the complexity-theoretic study of linear threshold functions. Furthermore, in spite of the objective function being non-smooth, we give a unicriterion PTAS while previous work for such objective functions has typically led to a bicriterion PTAS. We believe our techniques may be applicable to get unicriterion PTAS for other non-smooth objective functions.

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