Age-optimal constrained cache updating

Roy D. Yates, Philippe Ciblat, Aylin Yener, Michele Wigger

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We consider a system where a local cache maintains a collection of N dynamic content items that are randomly requested by local users. A capacity-constrained link to a remote network server limits the ability of the cache to hold the latest version of each item at all times, making it necessary to design an update policy. Using an age of information metric, we show under a relaxed problem formulation that an asymptotically optimal policy updates a cached item in proportion to the square root of the item's popularity. We then show experimentally that a physically realizable policy closely approximates the asymptotic optimal policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781509040964
StatePublished - Aug 9 2017
Event2017 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2017 - Aachen, Germany
Duration: Jun 25 2017Jun 30 2017

Publication series

NameIEEE International Symposium on Information Theory - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2157-8095


Other2017 IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory, ISIT 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Information Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Applied Mathematics


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