Locating the Median of a Tree in Real Time

M. Nagy and S.G. Akl (Canada)


median problem, real time, parallelism, synergy, quality-up.


Determining the optimal location of a switching center in a tree network of users is accurately modeled by the median problem. A real-time approach is used in this paper to investigate the dynamics of such a communication network in two cases: (1) a growing tree of nodes associated with equal demand rates, and (2) a stream of corrections that arbitrarily change the demand rates at the nodes. The worst-case analysis performed in both situations clearly demonstrates the importance of parallelism in such real-time paradigms. It is shown that the error generated by the best sequential algorithm in the first case can be arbitrarily large. A synergistic behavior is revealed when the quality-up is investigated in the second case.

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