Sharing Cache Resources among Content Providers: A Utility-Based Approach

Mostafa Dehghan, Weibo Chu, Philippe Nain, Don Towsley, Zhi Li Zhang

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In this paper, we consider the problem of allocating cache resources among multiple content providers. The cache can be partitioned into slices and each partition can be dedicated to a particular content provider or shared among a number of them. It is assumed that each partition employs the least recently used policy for managing content. We propose utility-driven partitioning, where we associate with each content provide a utility that is a function of the hit rate observed by the content provider. We consider two scenarios: 1) content providers serve disjoint sets of files and 2) there is some overlap in the content served by multiple content providers. In the first case, we prove that cache partitioning outperforms cache sharing as cache size and a number of contents served by providers go to infinity. In the second case, it can be beneficial to have separate partitions for overlapped content. In the case of two providers, it is usually always beneficial to allocate a cache partition to serve all overlapped content and separate partitions to serve the non-overlapped contents of both providers. We establish conditions when this is true asymptotically but also present an example where it is not true asymptotically. We develop online algorithms that dynamically adjust partition sizes in order to maximize the overall utility and prove that they converge to optimal solutions, and through numerical evaluations we show they are effective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8641435
Pages (from-to)477-490
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2019

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  • Content providers
  • cache partitioning
  • cache sharing
  • online partitioning
  • utility-driven


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