## Abstract

The problem of determining whether a set of real-time messages can be routed in a network is considered. Each message has five parameters-origin node, destination node, length, release time, and deadline. The complexity of the problem is considered under various restrictions of four parameters-origin node, destination node, release time, and deadline. It is shown that if the network is a arbitrary directed graph, the problem is NP-complete even when all four parameters are fixed; i.e., the messages have identical values in all four parameters. Motivated by the complexity of the problem, we consider a simple network-a unidirectional ring. For nonpreemptive transmission, it is shown that the problem is solvable in polynomial time if three of the four parameters are fixed, but becomes NP-complete if only two of them are fixed. The same kind of complexity results hold for preemptive transmission, except for the following two cases: (1) identical origin nodes and release times and (2) identical destination nodes and deadlines. The complexity of these two cases remains open. The issue of whether there is an optimal on-line algorithm is also considered. It is shown that no such algorithm can exist unless all of the remaining three parameters are fixed.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 65-76 |

Number of pages | 12 |

Journal | Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing |

Volume | 31 |

Issue number | 1 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - Nov 15 1995 |

Externally published | Yes |

## All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

- Software
- Theoretical Computer Science
- Hardware and Architecture
- Computer Networks and Communications
- Artificial Intelligence