Approximation Algorithms for Disjoint Paths and Related Routing and Packing Problems

@article{Baveja2000ApproximationAF,
title={Approximation Algorithms for Disjoint Paths and Related Routing and Packing Problems},
author={Alok Baveja and Aravind Srinivasan},
journal={Math. Oper. Res.},
year={2000},
volume={25},
pages={255-280}
}

Given a network and a set of connection requests on it, we consider the maximum edge-disjoint paths and related generalizations and routing problems that arise in assigning paths for these requests. We present improved approximation algorithms and/or integrality gaps for all problems considered; the central theme of this work is the underlying multi-commodity flow relaxation. Applications of these techniques to approximating families of packing integer programs are also presented.Â