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1. A method for power management of a network including a plurality of computing devices, comprising:
 identifying an order of flows between one or more computing devices within a prescribed time period; and
reducing a number of wakeups for at least one computing device by increasing a number of adjacent flows that share a computing device.
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A power management technique for a network including a plurality of computing devices. The power management technique includes identifying an order in which one or more devices of the plurality of computing devices can transmit data within the prescribed time period. In one aspect, the number of wakeups are reduced for the computing devices within the network by increasing a number of adjacent channel time allocation periods within a prescribed time period that share a common computing device. In one aspect, the network can be based on Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA), .
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23 Claims
 1. A method for power management of a network including a plurality of computing devices, comprising:
identifying an order of flows between one or more computing devices within a prescribed time period; and
reducing a number of wakeups for at least one computing device by increasing a number of adjacent flows that share a computing device.  View Dependent Claims (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
 11. A method of power management for a time division multiple access (TDMA) network, comprising:
deriving a vertex/edge graph representing the TDMA network in which a vertex of the vertex/edge graph represents a computing device and an edge of the vertex/edge graph represents a request for data communications between a pair of computing devices;
selecting a first edge has a pair of associated first vertices, the pair of associated first vertices have the same or lower order of any pair of associated vertices of any edge within the vertex/edge graph;
removing the selected first edge from the vertex/edge graph;
selecting a second edge that is a neighbor to the first edge which has two associated second vertices, the associated second vertices have the same or lower degree of any pair of associated vertices of any neighbor edge to the first edge within the vertex/edge graph; and
removing the selected second edge from the vertex edge graph, wherein the sequence that the first edge and any subsequent edge are removed correlates to the order that corresponding computing devices will transmit corresponding data signals over the TDMA network.  View Dependent Claims (12, 13, 14, 15)
 16. A computer readable media having computer readable instructions that when executed by a processor causes the processor to provide power management to a plurality of computing devices, by:
obtaining a sequence of one or more computing devices that can transmit data within the prescribed time period; and
wherein the power management is provided by reducing a number of wakeups for the computing devices within the network which is performed by increasing a number of associated channel time allocation periods within a prescribed time period that share a common computing device.  View Dependent Claims (17)
 18. An apparatus, comprising:
a power management portion for a time division multiple access (TDMA) network, the TDMA network including a plurality of computing devices, wherein the power management portion reduces a number of wakeups for computing devices within the TDMA network by using;
means for deriving a vertex/edge graph representing the TDMA network in which a vertex represents a computing device and one edge that represents each request for data communications between a pair of computing devices;
means for selecting a first edge that at least shares the lowest degree of any edge in the vertex/edge graph;
means for removing the selected first edge;
means for selecting a neighbor edge that is a neighbor to the first edge, wherein they neighbor edge has or shares the lowest degree of any edge that is a neighbor to the first edge;
removing the neighbor edge; and
wherein the order that the first edge and the neighbor edge are removed corresponds to the order that corresponding computing devices will be permitted to use the TDMA network.  View Dependent Claims (19, 20, 21, 22)
 23. An apparatus, comprising:
a power management portion for a time division multiple access network having a plurality of computing devices, wherein the power management portion reduces a number of wakeups for computing devices within the network by using;
a vertex/edge graph in which a vertex of the vertex/edge graph represents a computing device and an edge of the vertex/edge graph represents a request for data communications between a pair of computing devices;
a first edge having two associated first vertices, the two associated first vertices having a total degree that is equal to or less than the sum of the degrees of the any associated pair of vertices within the vertex/edge graph; and
wherein the power management portion considers the order that the first edge and any subsequent edges are removed as being related to the order that corresponding computing devices are allowed to use the network.
1 Specification
This disclosure relates to computing devices, and more particularly to conserving power in networks containing computing devices.
Certain Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) networks connect a number of computing devices over links based on TDMA technology. With TDMA, network access is subdivided to between a number of computers to within a number of sequential time slots. One computing device is allocated the use of the network during each time slot within a time frame. A computing device may be awake for a particular timeslot if it is transmitting or receiving data within that time slot. To conserve power (particularly in wireless networks and/or with battery operated computing devices such as personal display assistants (PDAs) and handheld or cellular telephones) it may be desired to let computing devices go to sleep during those time slots that they are not transmitting or receiving data. However, waking up a computing device also consumes considerable power. As such, power management of computing devices within a network often involves this balancing of the power consumed by keeping computing devices awake compared to the power consumed by letting certain computing devices go to sleep, and soon thereafter waking up the computing devices.
Certain computing devices, wireless and cellular telephones, PDAs, and wireless electronic devices use batteries. Reducing energy consumption for batterybased computing devices increases the battery charge lifetime for the devices. Power consumption is often related to whether the computing device is kept awake, allowed to go to sleep, or transitioned between an awake state and an asleep state. Power management becomes an important factor in designing computing devices that can operate on the networks for extended periods.
It would be beneficial to improve the power management for computing devices.
This disclosure describes multiple aspects of a power management technique for a network including a plurality of computing devices. The power management technique includes identifying a sequence in which one or more devices of the plurality of computing devices can transmit data within the prescribed time period. The number of wakeups for the computing devices within the network is reduced by increasing a number of adjacent channel time allocation periods within a prescribed time period that share a common computing device.
The same numbers are used throughout the document to reference like components and/or features.
The present disclosure relates to computing devices, and more particularly to the power management of computing devices that are arranged within a time division multiple access (TDMA) network as described with respect to
The reduced degree searching technique models the TDMA network using a computerbased vertex/edge graph, examples of which are described with respect to
Power Management
Computing devices (such as personal computers; networked computers; workstations; mainframes; wireless devices consumer electronic devices; portable, wireless, and cellular telephone devices; audio devices; video devices; graphic devices; portable multimedia devices; etc.) can be attached to a large variety of networks, such as a Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN). In this disclosure, the term “computing device” is intended to be taken broadly and applies to any device that derives, uses, and/or displays the results of a computation. An applicable WPAN standard, IEEE 802.15.3, is entitled “Part 15.3: Wireless WPAN Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) Specifications for High Rate Wireless Personal Area Networks (WPAN)”. Often, networks such as a WPAN include one or more batterybased computing devices. The charge duration of such batterybased computing devices is often limited, and can play a factor in the power management of the network to extend the battery charge duration of the computing devices.
The WPAN protocol relies on Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) concepts as applied to the Medium Access Control layer to allocate time slots (e.g., channel allocation slots in WPAN) to the different computing devices within the network. Within this disclosure, the term TDMA is applied to any protocol in which time slots are allocated to the computing devices. With TDMA, multiple networked computing devices each share access to a resource (such as a network or a server) using some contention allocation scheme. TDMA is based on a frame structure that includes a sequence of frames, and each frame includes multiple time slots. During each time slot, one particular computing device is allocated the use of the network.
One computing device (referred to in this disclosure as a network coordinator device) controls which computing device transmits data during any time slot over the network. The network coordinator device allocates the time slots based on a contention scheme. In one embodiment, the network coordinator allocates the time slots for each frame among those computing devices that are requesting network usage.
The present disclosure provides a power management technique that reduces the power spent by many of the computing devices by reducing how frequently the devices are awoken from a sleeping state. Reducing the power used by the computing devices on the network extends the battery charge life (before replacing or recharging the battery) of those computing devices.
The beacon signals 107 may be physically transmitted over either wireless and/or wired connectors. It is envisioned that in different embodiments, the computing devices 106 will operate using either a rechargeable or disposable battery (not shown). The battery provides portability to a variety of computing devices and other computing devices.
Power management within the network 101 relates to reducing the power exerted by the computing devices when functioning within the network 101. Three power states may be of concern to each computing device in the network within the present disclosure. A first power state of the computing device 101 is awake, in which the computing device is capable of performing its normal operations. While the term “awake” can allow different functions with different computing devices and different networks, it is envisioned that awake computers can operate on the network to transmit/receive signals in a normal manner. A second power state of the computing device 101 is asleep, in which the computing device is in a powersaving state and is incapable of performing normal operation. A third power state of the computing device 106 is transitioning between the asleep state and the awake state (i.e., waking up), during which time the computing device exerts a considerable amount of power.
Each data signal 108 digitally couples one of the computing devices 106 to another computing device in a manner to provide TDMA service between the computing devices 106. The network coordinator device 105, the computing devices 106, and the data signals 108 together delineate the TDMA network 101.
As shown in
Certain embodiments of the TDMA based network 101 use channel allocation slots 206 (which are one embodiment of time slots such as used in WPAN networks) as described with respect to the frames 202 in
The power management mechanisms as described relative to the network 101 within this disclosure diminish the battery discharge rate of the networked computing devices 106. Waking the computing devices from their “asleep” state less often increases the battery life (between recharging) of the computer devices 106. In general, increasing the duration for which battery life lasts in certain networks assists the network 101 in becoming better accepted by users. WPANs are particularly designed for low power/low cost devices. The power conservation aspects of the present disclosure are thus particularly suited for WPANs to extend the batterycharge duration of the computing devices.
Each frame 202 as described with respect to
One embodiment of the channel allocation period 204 includes one or more management channel time allocation (MCTA) periods 212 and one or more channel allocation slots or time slots 206. Though only two illustrative channel allocation slots or time slots 206 are shown in
The network coordinator 105 as described with reference to
Computing devices typically expend considerably more energy when they are in an awake state than when they are in an asleep state. To conserve power in general, it is desired to allow computing devices 106 to sleep during those channel allocation periods 206 that they are not actively transmitting or receiving data as indicated by either end of the flow being in contact with the device, and wake up during the channel allocation periods that are allocated for their flows. Each computing device 106 can therefore wake up only in those channel allocation periods in which they are included (at either end of the data signal 108 as shown in
As described herein, the power management problem becomes associated with selecting the sequence of flows between computing devices 312 in a flow topology graph 310 (which relate to the computing devices 106 within the network 101 of
The flow topology graph 310 in
The sequence of the flows determines the number of computing devices 312 that have to be woken up during each frame. The effect of the sequence of the flows on the power management in the network 101 is demonstrated within the flow diagrams of
If there is more than one flow between any pair of computing devices 106, the multiple flows can be combined into a single flow within a flow diagram such as shown in
As discussed within this disclosure, the power management problem as described within this disclosure largely results from each computing device often requiring much power to wake up after it has gone to sleep. The greater the number of wakeups for a flow diagram, the more average power is used by the computing devices within the network 101.
Therefore, the fewer times that all of the computing devices 105 within the network 101 are awaken (which can be indicated by a reduced order of all of the flows), generally, the less power is used by the computing devices within the network 101. As the computing devices 105 within the network 101 are awoken fewer times, more power is conserved by the computing devices within the network 101.
With the flow diagram of
Based on the above disclosure, since the flow diagram in
Reduced Degree Searching Using Vertex/Edge Graphs
As mentioned above, one aspect of the power management problem can be viewed as deriving a desired sequence of flows within the flow topology graph 310 of
The degree of a vertex describes the number of vertices that terminate at the vertex. The reduced degree searching mechanism operates within the realm of graphs that derive sequences based on edges and vertices as described in this disclosure. One embodiment of the “reduced degree searching” mechanism can derive a sequence of edges that can be used to conserve power for many of the computing devices that are operating within the network 101 by decreasing the total number of wakeups for all of the computing devices 105 within the network 101 is now described. The “reduced degree searching” mechanism of
 1. Each computing device 106 within the networked computing environment 100 of
FIG. 1 is denoted as a vertex V_{m }504 within the vertex/edge graph G1, where m represents an integer that distinctly identifies each individual computing device 106 based on the integer value of the vertex 504. As such, the reference character “V_{m}” is shown within the node for the corresponding computing device inFIGS. 5 and 6 . InFIGS. 5 and 6 , the number of the vertex V_{m }is represented by the integer applying to the corresponding device 106.  2. Provide an edge e_{n }(where n is designated as an integer as shown in
FIGS. 5 and 6 ) between two vertices 504 if and only if there is a flow between those two corresponding computing devices 106 within the network 101 in the flow topology graph ofFIG. 3 . Each edge e_{n }extends between two vertices, and can be identified relative to other edges. There does not have to be an edge between each pair of vertices.
 1. Each computing device 106 within the networked computing environment 100 of
The vertex/edge graph G1 (examples shown in
Since at least one new computing device 106 needs to wake up each time a new flow is served, the reduced number of the wakeups is lower bounded by N+D with D denoting the number of patches (in which all the vertices in the patches are connected to each other with edges) in the vertex/edge graph G1. For example, the vertex/edge graph in
The “reduced degree searching” mechanism as described herein attempts to find an order of the flows so that each contiguous pair of flows shares a common computing device. This is not always achievable, such as when the modified vertex/edge graph is not a connected graph in which certain ones of the vertices are not connected either directly or indirectly to certain other edges as described with respect to
One embodiment of a reduced degree searching algorithm is described with respect to Table 1. The reduced degree searching algorithm is further described in greater detail within this disclosure with respect to
The reduced degree searching technique of Table 1 is expanded somewhat with reference to one embodiment of a flow diagram of
The reduced degree searching technique 700 uses the modified vertex/edge graph G that is obtained from the vertex/edge graph G1 of
For instance, with the vertex/edge graph shown in
Candidate vertices having the reduced (e.g., minimal) degree are determined by considering the reduced number of edges e_{j }in the modified vertex/edge graph G that contacts the vertex. Therefore, a vertex in contact with fewer edges corresponds to having a reduced degree of the vertex/edge graph. The present disclosure provides a technique to find those edges having associated vertices with the same reduced degree based on step 2 of Table 1. In general, by removing those edges whose associated vertices have a lower degree sooner than those edges whose associated vertices have a higher degree, relatively few edges have to be removed to disconnect the associated vertices of the earlierremoved edges from each patch. Thus, an efficient technique is provided to remove the edges from the patches.
Decision 708 of the reduced degree searching technique determines whether there are any neighboring edges to the selected edge in 706 considering the current set of edges {e_{0},e_{1}, . . . , e_{j}}, in the vertex/edge graph G=G1−{e_{0}, e_{1}, . . . , e_{j}}. Within this disclosure, the term “neighbor” can be applied to either vertices or edges. A first vertex is a neighbor of a second vertex if and only if there is an edge connecting the first vertex and the second vertex. A first edge is a neighbor of a second edge if and only if the first edge and the second edge contact the same vertex.
Edges are considered to be nondirectional since any respective computing device that is associated with one of each respective associated vertex has to be awake during each timeslot that the edge is awake. As such, neighbor edges to an edge include those edges that contact both associated vertices to any given edge.
If the answer to decision 708 is no, indicating that there are no further neighbor edges connected to the selected edge, then the reduced degree searching technique continues to decision 709. In 709, in edge number variable (j) representing the edge (e_{j}) is incremented wherein the reduced degree searching technique continues to the next edge.
Following 709, the reduced degree searching mechanism continues to decision 710 in which it considers whether there are any further edges (e.g., 602a and 602b as described with respect to
If the answer to the decision 708 as described above is instead yes, then there are further edges in the patch in which the present candidate vertex is located. An order in which these edges are removed is then to be determined. The reduced degree searching technique 700 continues to operation 712 in which the neighbor edges to the selected edge e_{j}(from 706) are considered to select one neighbor edge e_{j+1 }whose associated vertices have the minimal degree of any edge that is a neighbor to the edge e_{j}. In many embodiments, operation 712 acts to select the neighboring edge e_{j}+, of the edge e_{j }so the two associated vertices have the lowest degree of any other edge that is a neighbor to the selected edge (e.g., in many instances a minimum degree).
Following operation 712, the reduced degree searching technique continues to the operation 716 in which the current edge is removed, and the edge number variable (j) is incremented. The effect of removing the current edge and incrementing the edge number variable is to progress through successive neighbor edges within the patch, and the original edge e_{j }is removed from the vertex/edge graph. The sequence in which the edges e_{j }are removed from the graph corresponds to the selected pairs of computing devices 106 that are associated with each data signal 108 (as described with respect to
By removing an edge from the vertex/edge graph in operation 716, the edge and any vertex that is no longer connected by an edge to another vertex within the patch is no longer considered as a portion of the patch. The neighbor edge (which will become the next selected candidate edge) and any further vertices that connect to the neighbor edge via one or more edges (plus these interconnecting edges) will form the remainder of the same patch. Following operation 716, the vertex that was connected to the candidate vertex via the removed edge becomes the new candidate vertex. Following 716, the reduced degree searching technique returns to decision 708 in which it is determined whether there are any further edges remaining within the graph.
The decision 708 and the operations 712 and 716 form a loop within the reduced degree searching technique that is continued until the response to the decision 708 is no, at which point all of the edges have been removed from a patch within the vertex/edge graph G. The reduced degree searching technique 700 as described with respect to
The sequence in which the respective edges are removed from the graph G as determined by the reduced degree searching mechanism of
Examples of the Reduced Degree Searching Technique
To further describe the reduced degree searching technique which has been described relative to the vertex/edge graphs G1 of
The first example pertains to the vertex/edge graph G1 as shown in
For the second step in Table 1, select an edge as edge e_{0 }in the modified vertex/edge graph G so that both two associated vertices have the minimum degree of any edge. To ensure that both of the associated vertices are with the minimum degree, first find the selected vertices that have a minimum degree in which the degree is greater than 0 among all the vertices in the modified vertex/edge graph G (from vertices A to L). Then, for all of the neighboring vertices for each selected vertex, find the neighboring vertex with the minimum degree. Finally, choose the pair including one selected vertex and one neighbor vertex that combines to produce the minimum total degree. Considering that in the modified vertex/edge graph G, vertex A, vertex C, vertex F, and vertex G all have the degree of 1 (which is the minimum potential degree that is still greater than 0). While vertex M has a degree of 0, this vertex is not considered.
Following step 2 of Table 1, the neighboring vertices of each one of vertex A, vertex C, vertex F, and vertex G are considered. Vertex A has only one neighbor vertex B with a degree of 2. Vertex C'"'"'s only neighbor is vertex D with a degree of 3. Vertex F'"'"'s only neighbor is vertex E with a degree of 3. Vertex G'"'"'s only neighbor is vertex E with a degree of 3. Therefore, although vertex A, vertex C, vertex F, and vertex G each have a degree of 1, vertex A has a neighbor vertex B with the smallest degree of 2. The edge e_{0 }is therefore assigned as AB.
In step 3 of Table 1, for a current set of edges e_{0}, e_{1}, . . . , e_{j }within the modified vertex/edge graph G=G1−{e_{0}, e_{1}, . . . , e_{j}}, if there are no neighboring edges of edge e_{j}(e_{j}=Ø), the edge number variable is incremented (increment j) to proceed to the next edge, and the reduced degree searching technique continues to step 5 of Table 1. Otherwise, among the neighboring edges of edge e_{j}, an edge is selected as e_{j+1 }so that both two associated vertices are with the minimum degree; and the edge number variable is incremented (increment j) to proceed to the next edge. As such, in the modified vertex/edge graph G=G1−e_{0}, the edge e_{0}=AB only has one neighboring edge BD, so edge e_{1 }is chosen as edge BD. The edge number variable is then set to 1 (j=1).
In the remaining modified vertex/edge graph G=G1−{AB, BD}, the neighbor edges of the edge e_{1}=BD are edge CD and edge DE. One of these two edges is selected as e_{2 }so that the associated two vertices of the selected one have the smallest degree. Edges CD and DE share the common vertex D, so the degrees of vertex C and vertex E are compared. The degree of the vertex C is 1 while the degree of the vertex E is 3. The edge e_{2}=CD is therefore selected. The edge number variable is then incremented to 2 (j=2).
In the remaining vertex/edge graph G=G1−{AB, BD, CD}, the only neighbor edge of the edge e_{2}=CD is edge DE. Edge DE is chosen as the edge e_{3}. The edge number variable is incremented to 3 (j=3). Considering the remaining modified vertex/edge graph G=G1−{AB, BD, CD, DE}, the neighbor edges of the edge e_{3}=DE are edge EF and edge EG. One of them is selected as edge e_{4 }so that the associated two vertices of the selected one have the smallest degree between these two edges. Note that edge EF and edge EG share a common vertex E, so the degree of vertex F is compared to vertex G. Since both vertex F and vertex G have the same degree of 1, edge EF is arbitrarily selected as edge e_{4}. The edge number variable is incremented to 4 (j=4).
In the modified vertex/edge graph G=G1−{AB, BD, CD, DE, EF}, the only neighbor edge of edge e_{4}=EF is edge EG. So, edge EG is selected as edge e_{5}, which represents the last edge in the upper patch as shown in
In step 5 of Table 1, if E−{e_{0},e_{1}, . . . , e_{j}}≠Ø, let the modified vertex/edge graph G=G1−{e_{0},e_{1}, . . . , e_{j}} and return to step 2 of Table 1, otherwise stop. Where E denotes the set of all the edges, E−{AB, BD, CD, DE, EF, EG}={HJ, HK, KJ, KL, JL}≠Ø. As such, the reduced degree searching technique continues back to step 2 of Table 1 again to consider the edges in the path to the lower left in
In step 2 of Table 1 using the reduced degree searching technique as applied to
Continuing to step 3 of Table 1, the neighbor edges of the edge e_{6 }are {HJ, KJ, KL}≠Ø, so one edge is selected as edge e_{7 }among the edge set {HJ, KJ, KL}. According to the criteria that the two associated vertex of the selected edge should have the smallest degree, such as is satisfied by the edge HJ (the degree of vertex H=1, and the degree of vertex J=3). So, the edge HJ is selected as the edge e_{7}, and the edge number variable is set to 7 (j=7). In the modified vertex/edge graph G=G1−{AB, BD, CD, DE, EF, EG, HK, HJ}, the neighbor edges of edge HJ are edge JK and edge JL. By following the similar procedure, the next edge e_{8 }can be selected as either edge JK or edge JL. Edge e_{8 }is arbitrarily selected as edge JK, and the edge number variable is set to 8 (j=8). In the modified vertex/edge graph G=G1−{AB, BD, CD, DE, EF, EG, HK, HJ, JK}, the neighbor edges of edge JK are edge KL and edge JL.
By following the similar procedure, the next edge e_{9 }is chosen as edge JL or edge KL. Edge e_{9 }is arbitrarily selected as edge KL, and the edge number variable is incremented to 9 (j=9). Now, in the modified vertex/edge graph G=G1−{AB, BD, CD, DE, EF, EG, HK, HJ, JK, KL}, the neighbor edges of edge KL is edge JL. By following the similar procedure, the next edge e_{10 }is chosen to be edge JL, and the edge number variable is set to 10 (j=10). Now, in the modified vertex/edge graph G=G1−{AB, BD, CD, DE, EF, EG, HK, HJ, JK, KL, JL}, and, we set the edge number variable to 11 (j=11). The neighbor edge of the edge JL is Ø and according to step 4 of Table 1, we cannot proceed and continue to Step 5.
In Step 5 of Table 1, if E−{e_{0},e_{1}, . . . , e_{j}}≠Ø, let the modified vertex/edge graph G=G1−{e_{0},e_{1}, . . . , e_{j}} and return to Step 2; otherwise, stop. Since E−{AB, BD, CD, DE, EF, EG, HK, HJ, JK, KL, JL}=Ø, the reduced degree searching technique stops.
The order of the flow corresponds in the modified vertex/edge graph in
The second example of the reduced degree searching technique is described with respect to
 In step 2 of Table 1, an edge is selected as edge e_{0 }in the modified vertex/edge graph G so that both two associated vertices are with the minimum degree. In the modified vertex/edge graph G, vertex A has a degree of 1. In addition, it only has one neighbor vertex B. So, we choose edge e_{0}=AB. In the vertex/edge graph G1, although the degree of vertex C is 2 and degree of vertex D is 2 (so the total degree for the two vertices of edge CD is 4 which is smaller than that of edge AB which is 1+4=5), however, according to the criteria, choose the edge AB instead of the edge CD as edge e_{0 }since vertex A has the smallest degree (1) of any vertex.
Step 3 of Table 1 is applied as follows. In the modified vertex/edge graph G=G1−e_{0}, the edge e_{0}=AB has four neighbor edges {BC, BD, BE, BF}. One of these neighbor edges is selected as edge e1 so that the degree of the two associated vertices of the selected one is smallest. All four edges share a common vertex B, so, we only need to compare the degree of the vertex C, vertex D, vertex E, and vertex F. Since their degree are all equal to 2, so we arbitrarily choose edge e_{1}=BD. The edge number variable is set to 1 (j=1). In the modified vertex/edge graph G=G1−{AB, BD}, the neighbor edges of edge e_{1}=BD are {BC, BE, BF, DC}, one of which is selected as edge e_{2 }so that the totaled vertices combine to the smallest degree. In the modified vertex/edge graph G=G1−{AB, BD}, edge e_{2 }is selected as DC since vertex D has the smallest degree (1). The edge number variable is set to 2 (j=2).
In the modified vertex/edge graph G=G1−{AB, BD, DC}, the only neighbor edge of edge e_{2}=DC is edge BC. So, we choose edge e_{3}=BC. The edge number variable to 3 (j=3). Now, in the modified vertex/edge graph G=G1−{AB, BD, DC, BC}, the neighbor edges of edge e_{3}=BC are {BE, BF}, so one of these edges are selected as edge e_{4}. Since vertex E has the same degree as vertex F, edge e_{4 }is arbitrarily selected as edge BE. The edge number variable to 4 (j=4). Now, in the modified vertex/edge graph G=G1−{AB, BD, DC, BC, BE}, the neighbor edges of edge e_{4}=BE is {BF, EF}. Since edge BF shares common vertex F with edge EF, compare the degrees of vertex B and vertex E. These two vertices have the same degree. So, we arbitrarily choose edge e_{5}=BF. And set the edge number variable to 5 (j=5).
Now, in the modified vertex/edge graph G=G1−{AB, BD, DC, BC, BE, BF}, the only neighbor edge of edge e_{5}=BF is edge EF that is chosen as edge e_{6}. The edge number variable is set to 6 (j=6). Now, in the modified vertex/edge graph G=G1−{AB, BD, DC, BC, BE, BF, EF}, the neighbor edge of edge e_{6 }is Ø. As per step 4 of Table 1, we cannot proceed further, so, we set the edge number variable to 7 (j=7) and continue to step 5. If E−{e_{0},e_{1}, . . . , e_{j}}≠Ø, let the modified vertex/edge graph=G1−{e_{0},e_{1}, . . . , e_{j}} and go back to Step 2 of Table 1; otherwise, stop the reduced degree searching technique. Since E−{AB, BD, DC, BC, BE, BF, EF}=Ø, the reduced degree searching technique is complete.
The sequence of the flows that are obtained from the second reduced degree searching example corresponds to edge AB, edge BD, edge DC, edge BC, edge BE, edge BF, and edge EF within the modified vector/edge graph G. For this configuration of vertices and edges, the solution found is optimal which achieves the lower bound since every two contiguous edges share a common vertex (and the corresponding flows share a common computing device).
For the third example, the reduced degree searching technique is described step by step for the vertex/edge graph G1 shown in
In step 2 of Table 1, in the modified vertex/edge graph G, an edge is selected as edge e_{0 }in the modified vertex/edge graph G so that both of the edge'"'"'s associated vertices have the minimum degree. Specifically, in the modified vertex/edge graph G: vertex C, vertex E, and vertex G each have the degree of 1. In addition, the only neighbor vertex of vertex C is vertex B with a degree of 2. The only neighbor vertex of vertex E is vertex D with a degree of 2. The only neighbor vertex of vertex G is vertex F with a degree of 2. So, we arbitrarily choose edge e_{0}=BC.
For the current set of edges e_{0},e_{1}, . . . , e_{j}, in the modified vertex/edge graph G=G1−{e_{0}, e_{1}, . . . , e_{j}}, if the neighboring edges of edge e_{j}=Ø, and increment the edge number variable (increment j) to proceed to the next edge and go to step 5 of Table 1; otherwise, among the neighboring edges of edge e_{j}, select an edge as edge e_{j}+1 so that both two associated vertices are with the minimum degree, and increment the edge number variable (increment j) to continue to the next edge. In the modified vertex/edge graph G=G1−{BC}, since the only neighbor of edge e_{0}=BC is edge AB, so we choose edge e_{1}=AB and set the edge number variable to 1 (j=1).
Continuing to step 3 of Table 1. Now, in the modified vertex/edge graph G=G1−{BC, AB}, the neighbor edges of edge e_{1}=AB are {AD, AF}. So, the task is to choose one of them as edge e_{2 }so that the associated two vertices of the selected one have the smallest degree. Since these two share a common vertex A, we only need to compare the degree of vertex D and vertex F. Since vertex D and vertex F have the same degree (=2), we arbitrarily choose edge e_{2}=AD and set the edge number variable to 2 (j=2). Now, in the modified vertex/edge graph G=G1−{BC, AB, AD}, the neighbor edges of edge e_{2}=AD are {DE, AF}. One of these edges are chosen as edge e_{2 }so that the associated two vertices of the selected one have the smallest degree. First, in the modified vertex/edge graph G=G1−{BC, AB, AD}, vertex D, vertex E, and vertex A all have degree of 1. Next, the neighbor of vertex D is vertex E which has a degree of 1; the neighbor of vertex E is vertex D which has a degree of 1; the neighbor of vertex A is vertex F which has a degree of 2. So, finally, vertex D and vertex E are selected (i.e., edge e_{3}=DE) and set the edge number variable to 3 (j=3). Now, in the modified vertex/edge graph G=G1−{BC, AB, AD, DE}, the neighbor edges of edge e_{3}=DE is empty. So, we set the edge number variable to 4 (j=4) and go to step 5 of Table 1.
If E−{e_{0},e_{1}, . . . , e_{j}}≠Ø, let the modified vertex/edge graph=G1−{e_{0},e_{1}, . . . , e_{j}} and go back to Step 2 of Table 1; otherwise, stop. Now, since E−{BC, AB, AD, DE}={AF, FG}≠Ø, so let the modified vertex/edge graph=G1−{BC, AB, AD, DE} and go back to step 2 of Table 1. In the modified vertex/edge graph G, we select an edge as edge e_{0 }in the modified vertex/edge graph G so that both two associated vertices are with the minimum degree. Now, in the modified vertex/edge graph G, we only have two edges {AF, FG}. First, the vertex with the smallest degree is A and G which both have a degree of 1. On the other hand, their only neighbor is vertex F. So, we arbitrarily choose edge e_{4}=AF. For current set e_{0}, e_{1}, . . . , e_{j}, in the modified vertex/edge graph G=G1−{e_{0}, e_{1}, . . . , e_{j}}, if the neighboring edges of edge e_{j}=Ø, and increment the edge number variable (increment j), proceed to the next edge, and continue to step 5 of Table 1; otherwise, among the neighboring edges of edge e_{j}, select an edge as edge e_{j}+1 so that both two associated vertices are with the minimum degree; and increment the edge number variable (increment j) to continue to the next edge. Since current edge e_{4}=AF, the only neighbor is edge FG, so we choose edge e_{5}=FG and set the edge number variable to 5 (j=5). Now, in the modified vertex/edge graph G=G1−{BC, AB, AD, DE, AF, FG}, the neighbor edges of edge e_{5}=FG is empty. So, we set the edge number variable to 6 (j=6) and go to step 5 of Table 1.
If E−{e_{0},e_{1}, . . . , e_{j}}≠Ø, let the modified vertex/edge graph G=G1−{e_{0}, e_{1}, . . . , e_{j}} and go back to step 2 of Table 1; otherwise, stop. Now, E−{e_{0}, e_{1}, . . . , e_{j}}=Ø, so we stop. The sequence of the flows that are obtained from the second reduced degree searching example corresponds to edge BC, edge AB, edge AD, edge DE, edge AF, and edge FG in the vertex/edge diagram G1. Although the vertex/edge graph G1 is a connected graph, there is no way to achieve the lower bound. There is no common vertex from edge DE to edge AF, and following the reduced degree searching technique actually progresses through step 5 of Table 1 three times. As such, even in vertex/edge graph instances where there is only one patch (e.g., for a connected graph), we may need to loop through to step 5 of Table 1 multiple times.
Computing Devices
One embodiment of a computer environment 1100 that can support the network 101 and the computing devices 106 as shown in
The components of the computing device 1102 can include, but are not limited to, one or more processors or processing clients 1104 (optionally including a cryptographic processor and/or coprocessor), a system memory 1106, and a system bus 1108 that couples the various system components. The computer environment 1100 can include wired portions and/or wireless portions as is generally known with networkeddevices.
The computer 1102 may also include other removable/nonremovable, volatile/nonvolatile computer storage media. By way of example,
The disk drives and their associated computerreadable media provide nonvolatile storage of computer readable instructions, control node data structures, program modules, and other data for the computer 1102. Although the example illustrates a hard disk within the hard disk drive 1115, a removable magnetic disk 1120, and a nonvolatile optical disk 1124, it is to be appreciated that other types of the computer readable media which can store data that is accessible by a computer, such as magnetic cassettes or other magnetic storage devices, flash memory cards, CDROM, digital versatile disks (DVD) or other optical storage, random access memories (RAM), read only memories (ROM), electrically erasable programmable readonly memory (EEPROM), and the like, can also be utilized to implement the exemplary computer environment 1100.
Any number of program modules can be stored on the hard disk contained in the hard disk drive 1115, magnetic disk 1120, nonvolatile optical disk 1124, ROM 1112, and/or RAM 1110, including by way of example, the OS 1126, one or more application programs 1128, other program modules 1130, and program data 1132. Each OS 1126, one or more application programs 1128, other program modules 1130, and program data 1132 (or some combination thereof) may implement all or part of the application programs to be used over the network 101 as shown in
The computer 1102 can operate in a networked environment using logical data signal connections to one or more remote computers, such as a remote computer device 1148. By way of example, the remote computer device 1148 can be a personal computer, portable computer, a server, a router, a network computer, a peer device or other common network node, game console, and the like. The remote computer device 1148 is illustrated as a portable computer that can include many or all of the elements and features described herein relative to the computer 1102.
Logical data signals between the computer 1102 and the remote computer device 1148 are depicted as a local area network (LAN) 1150 and a general wide area network (WAN) 1152. Such networking environments are commonplace in offices, enterprisewide computer networks, intranets, and the Internet.
In a networked environment, such as that illustrated with the computer environment 1100, program modules depicted relative to the computer 1102, or portions thereof, may be stored in a remote memory storage device. By way of example, remote application programs 1158 reside on a memory device of the remote computer 1148.
Various modules and techniques described herein may relate to the general context of the computerexecutable instructions, such as program modules, executed by one or more computers or other devices. Generally, program modules include routines, programs, control objects 1150, components, control node data structures 1154, etc. that perform particular tasks or implement particular abstract data types. Often, the functionality of the program modules may be combined or distributed as desired in various embodiments.
An implementation of these modules and techniques may be stored on or transmitted across some form of the computer readable media. Computer readable media can be any available media that can be accessed by a computer. By way of example, and not limitation, computer readable media may comprise “computer storage media” and “communications media.”
“Computer storage media” includes volatile and nonvolatile, removable and nonremovable media implemented in any process or technology for storage of information such as computer readable instructions, control node data structures, program modules, or other data. Computer storage media includes, but is not limited to, RAM, ROM, EEPROM, flash memory or other memory technology, CDROM, digital versatile disks (DVD) or other optical storage, magnetic cassettes, magnetic tape, magnetic disk storage or other magnetic storage devices, or any other medium which can be used to store the desired information and which can be accessed by a computer.
The term “communication media” includes, but is not limited to, computer readable instructions, opcodes, control node data structures, program modules, or other data in a modulated data signal, such as carrier wave or other transport mechanism. Communication media also includes any information delivery media. The term “modulated data signal” means a signal that has one or more of its characteristics set or changed in such a manner as to encode information in the signal including but not limited to a TDMA technique. By way of example, and not limitation, communication media includes wired media such as a wired network or directwired data signals, and wireless media such as acoustic, RF, infrared, and other wireless media. Combinations of any of the above are also included within the scope of computer readable media.
Although the description above uses language that is specific to structural features and/or methodological acts, it is to be understood that the invention defined in the appended claims is not limited to the specific features or acts described. Rather, the specific features and acts are disclosed as exemplary forms of implementing the invention.