, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 146–175 | Cite as

The Data Broadcast Problem with Non-Uniform Transmission Times

  • Kenyon
  • Schabanel


The Data Broadcast Problem consists of finding an infinite schedule to broadcast a given set of messages so as to minimize a linear combination of the average service time to clients requesting messages, and of the cost of the broadcast. This problem also models the Maintenance Scheduling Problem and the Multi-Item Replenishment Problem. Previous work concentrated on a discrete-time restriction where all messages have transmission time equal to 1. Here, we study a generalization of the model to a setting of continuous time and messages of non-uniform transmission times. We prove that the Data Broadcast Problem is strongly NP -hard, even if the broadcast costs are all zero, and give 3-approximation algorithms.


Approximation algorithms, Scheduling, Randomized algorithms, NP-Completeness, Data broadcasting 


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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenyon
    • 1
  • Schabanel
    • 2
  1. 1.LRI, Université Paris XI, Bâtiment 490, F-91405 Orsay,
  2. 2.CNRS, LIP, UMR CNRS-ENS Lyon-INRIA n°5668, 46 allée d'Italie, F-69364 Lyon Cedex 07,

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