Fall 2016

Uncertainty Whiteboard Seminar

Oct 28, 2016 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm 

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Calvin Lab Rm 116

Online and Random-order Load Balancing Simultaneously

We consider the problem of online load balancing under lp-norms: sequential jobs need to be assigned to one of the machines and the goal is to minimize the lp-norm of the machine loads. This generalizes the classical problem of scheduling for makespan minimization (case l_infty) and has been thoroughly studied. We provide algorithms with simultaneously optimal* guarantees for the worst-case model as well as for the random-order (i.e. secretary) model, where an arbitrary set of jobs comes in random order. One of the main components is a new algorithm with improved regret for Online Linear Optimization (OLO) over the non-negative vectors in the lq ball. Interestingly, this OLO algorithm is also used to prove a purely probabilistic inequality that controls the correlations arising in the random-order model, a common source of difficulty for the analysis. A property that drives both our load balancing algorithms and our OLO algorithm is a smoothing of the the lp-norm that may be of independent interest.