Abstract: We give an efficient local search
algorithm that computes a good vertex coloring of a graph $G$. In
order to better illustrate this local search method, we view local
moves as selfish moves in a suitably defined game. In particular,
given a graph $G=(V,E)$ of $n$ vertices and $m$ edges, we define
the \emph{graph coloring game} $\Gamma(G)$ as a strategic game
where the set of players is the set of vertices and the players
share the same action set, which is a set of $n$ colors. The
payoff that a vertex $v$ receives, given the actions chosen by all
vertices, equals the total number of vertices that have chosen the
same color as $v$, unless a neighbor of $v$ has also chosen the
same color, in which case the payoff of $v$ is 0. We show:
\begin{itemize}
\item The game $\Gamma(G)$ has always pure Nash equilibria. Each
pure equilibrium is a proper coloring of $G$. Furthermore, there
exists a pure equilibrium that corresponds to an optimum coloring.
\item We give a polynomial time algorithm $\mathcal{A}$ which
computes a pure Nash equilibrium of $\Gamma(G)$. \item The total
number, $k$, of colors used in \emph{any} pure Nash equilibrium
(and thus achieved by $\mathcal{A}$) is $k\leq\min\{\Delta_2+1,
\frac{n+\omega}{2}, \frac{1+\sqrt{1+8m}}{2}, n-\alpha+1\}$, where
$\omega, \alpha$ are the clique number and the independence number
of $G$ and $\Delta_2$ is the maximum degree that a vertex can have
subject to the condition that it is adjacent to at least one
vertex of equal or greater degree. ($\Delta_2$ is no more than the
maximum degree $\Delta$ of $G$.) \item Thus, in fact, we propose
here a \emph{new}, \emph{efficient} coloring method that achieves
a number of colors \emph{satisfying (together) the known general
upper bounds on the chromatic number $\chi$}. Our method is also
an alternative general way of \emph{proving},
\emph{constructively}, all these bounds. \item Finally, we show
how to strengthen our method (staying in polynomial time) so that
it avoids ``bad'' pure Nash equilibria (i.e. those admitting a
number of colors $k$ far away from $\chi$). In particular, we show
that our enhanced method colors \emph{optimally} dense random
$q$-partite graphs (of fixed $q$) with high probability.
\end{itemize}

Abstract: For many random Constraint Satisfaction Problems, by now, we have asymptotically tight estimates of
the largest constraint density for which they have solutions. At the same time, all known polynomial-time algorithms
for many of these problems already completely fail to find solutions at much smaller densities. For example, it is
well-known that it is easy to color a random graph using twice as many colors as its chromatic number. Indeed, some
of the simplest possible coloring algorithms already achieve this goal. Given the simplicity of those algorithms, one
would expect there is a lot of room for improvement. Yet, to date, no algorithm is known that uses (2 - o)÷ colors,
in spite of efforts by numerous researchers over the years.
In view of the remarkable resilience of this factor of 2 against every algorithm hurled at it, we believe it is natural to
inquire into its origin. We do so by analyzing the evolution of the set of k-colorings of a random graph, viewed as a
subset of {1, . . . , k}n, as edges are added. We prove that the factor of 2 corresponds in a precise mathematical sense
to a phase transition in the geometry of this set. Roughly, the set of k-colorings looks like a giant ball for k ? 2÷, but
like an error-correcting code for k ? (2 - o)÷. We prove that a completely analogous phase transition also occurs both in random k-SAT and in random hypergraph 2-coloring. And that for each problem, its location corresponds precisely with the point were all known polynomial-time algorithms fail. To prove our results we develop a general technique that allows us to prove rigorously much of the celebrated 1-step Replica-Symmetry-Breaking hypothesis
of statistical physics for random CSPs.

Abstract: For a number of optimization problems on random graphs
and hypergraphs, e.g., k-colorings, there is a very big gap between the
largest average degree for which known polynomial-time algorithms can
find solutions, and the largest average degree for which solutions provably
exist. We study this phenomenon by examining how sets of solutions
evolve as edges are added.We prove in a precise mathematical sense that,
for each problem studied, the barrier faced by algorithms corresponds
to a phase transition in the problems solution-space geometry. Roughly
speaking, at some problem-specific critical density, the set of solutions
shatters and goes from being a single giant ball to exponentially many,
well-separated, tiny pieces. All known polynomial-time algorithms work
in the ball regime, but stop as soon as the shattering occurs. Besides
giving a geometric view of the solution space of random instances our
results provide novel constructions of one-way functions.

Abstract: The 3-coloring problem is well known to be NP-complete. It is also well known that it
remains NP-complete when the input is restricted to graphs with diameter 4. Moreover, assuming
the Exponential Time Hypothesis (ETH), 3-coloring cannot be solved in time 2
o
(
n
)
on graphs with
n
vertices and diameter at most 4. In spite of the extensive studies of the 3-coloring problem with
respect to several basic parameters, the complexity status of this problem on graphs with small
diameter, i.e. with diameter at most 2, or at most 3, has been a longstanding and challenging open
question. In this paper we investigate graphs with small diameter. For graphs with diameter at most 2,
we provide the rst subexponential algorithm for 3-coloring, with complexity 2
O
(
p
n
log
n
)
, which is
asymptotically the same as the currently best known time complexity for the graph isomorphism
problem. Furthermore we extend the notion of an articulation vertex to that of an
articulation
neighborhood
, and we provide a polynomial algorithm for 3-coloring on graphs with diameter 2
that have at least one articulation neighborhood. For graphs with diameter at most 3, we establish
the complexity of 3-coloring, even for the case of triangle-free graphs. Namely we prove that for
every
"
2
[0
;
1), 3-coloring is NP-complete on triangle-free graphs of diameter 3 and radius 2 with
n
vertices and minimum degree
=
(
n
"
). Moreover, assuming ETH, we use three dierent amplication
techniques of our hardness results, in order to obtain for every
"
2
[0
;
1) subexponential asymptotic
lower bounds for the complexity of 3-coloring on triangle-free graphs with diameter 3 and minimum
degree
=
(
n
"
). Finally, we provide a 3-coloring algorithm with running time 2
O
(min
f
;
n
log
g
)
for
arbitrary graphs with diameter 3, where
n
is the number of vertices and
(resp.
) is the minimum
(resp. maximum) degree of the input graph. To the best of our knowledge, this algorithm is the rst
subexponential algorithm for graphs with
=
!
(1) and for graphs with
=
O
(1) and
=
o
(
n
).
Due to the above lower bounds of the complexity of 3-coloring, the running time of this algorithm is
asymptotically almost tight when the minimum degree of the input graph is
=
(
n
"
), where
"
2
[
1
2
;
1).

Abstract: We study the following Constrained Bipartite Edge Coloring problem: We are given a bipartite graph G=(U,V,E) of maximum degree I with n vertices, in which some of the edges have been legally colored with c colors. We wish to complete the coloring of the edges of G minimizing the total number of colors used. The problem has been proved to be NP-hard even for bipartite graphs of maximum degree three. Two special cases of the problem have been previously considered and tight upper and ower bounds on the optimal number of colors were proved. The upper bounds led to 3/2-approximation algorithms for both problems. In this paper we present a randomized (1.37+o(1))-approximation algorithm for the general problem in the case where max{l,c} = {\`u}(ln n). Our techniques are motivated by recent works on the Circular Arc Coloring problem and are essentially different and simpler than the existing ones.

Abstract: Motivated by the wavelength assignment problem in WDM optical networks, we study path coloring problems in graphs. Given a set of paths P on a graph G, the path coloring problem is to color the paths of P so that no two paths traversing the same edge of G are assigned the same color and the total number of colors used is minimized. The problem has been proved to be NP-hard even for trees and rings.
Using optimal solutions to fractional path coloring, a natural relaxation of path coloring, on which we apply a randomized rounding technique combined with existing coloring algorithms, we obtain new upper bounds on the minimum number of colors sufficient to color any set of paths on any graph. The upper bounds are either existential or constructive.
The existential upper bounds significantly improve existing ones provided that the cost of the optimal fractional path coloring is sufficiently large and the dilation of the set of paths is small. Our algorithmic results include improved approximation algorithms for path coloring in rings and in bidirected trees. Our results extend to variations of the original path coloring problem arizing in multifiber WDM optical networks.

Abstract: The study of the path coloring problem is motivated by the allocation of optical bandwidth to communication requests in all-optical networks that utilize Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM). WDM technology establishes communication between pairs of network nodes by establishing transmitter-receiver paths and assigning wavelengths to each path so that no two paths going through the same fiber link use the same wavelength. Optical bandwidth is the number of distinct wavelengths. Since state-of-the-art technology allows for a limited number of wavelengths, the engineering problem to be solved is to establish communication minimizing the total number of wavelengths used. This is known as the wavelength routing problem. In the case where the underlying network is a tree, it is equivalent to the path coloring problem.
We survey recent advances on the path coloring problem in both undirected and bidirected trees. We present hardness results and lower bounds for the general problem covering also the special case of sets of symmetric paths (corresponding to the important case of symmetric communication). We give an overview of the main ideas of deterministic greedy algorithms and point out their limitations. For bidirected trees, we present recent results about the use of randomization for path coloring and outline approximation algorithms that find path colorings by exploiting fractional path colorings. Also, we discuss upper and lower bounds on the performance of on-line algorithms.

Abstract: An intersection graph of n vertices assumes that each vertex is equipped with a subset of a global label set. Two vertices share an edge
when their label sets intersect. Random Intersection Graphs (RIGs) (as defined in [18, 31]) consider label sets formed by the following experiment:
each vertex, independently and uniformly, examines all the labels (m in total) one by one. Each examination is independent and the vertex
succeeds to put the label in her set with probability p. Such graphs nicely capture interactions in networks due to sharing of resources among nodes.
We study here the problem of efficiently coloring (and of finding upper bounds to the chromatic number) of RIGs. We concentrate in a range
of parameters not examined in the literature, namely: (a) m = n{\'a} for less than 1 (in this range, RIGs differ substantially from the Erd¨os- Renyi random graphs) and (b) the selection probability p is quite high
(e.g. at least ln2 n m in our algorithm) and disallows direct greedy colouring methods.
We manage to get the following results:
For the case mp ln n, for any constant < 1 − , we prove that np colours are enough to colour most of the vertices of the graph with high probability (whp). This means that even for quite dense
graphs, using the same number of colours as those needed to properly colour the clique induced by any label suffices to colour almost all of the vertices of the graph. Note also that this range of values of m, p
is quite wider than the one studied in [4].
� We propose and analyze an algorithm CliqueColour for finding a proper colouring of a random instance of Gn,m,p, for any mp >=ln2 n. The algorithm uses information of the label sets assigned to the
vertices of Gn,m,p and runs in O (n2mp2/ln n) time, which is polynomial in n and m. We also show by a reduction to the uniform random
intersection graphs model that the number of colours required by the algorithm are of the correct order of magnitude with the actual
chromatic number of Gn,m,p.
⋆ This work was partially supported by the ICT Programme of the European Union under contract number ICT-2008-215270 (FRONTS). Also supported by Research Training Group GK-693 of the Paderborn Institute for Scientific Computation
(PaSCo).
� We finally compare the problem of finding a proper colouring for Gn,m,p to that of colouring hypergraphs so that no edge is monochromatic.We show how one can find in polynomial time a k-colouring of the vertices of Gn,m,p, for any integer k, such that no clique induced by only one label in Gn,m,p is monochromatic. Our techniques are novel and try to exploit as much as possible the hidden structure of random intersection graphs in this interesting range.

Abstract: Direct routing is the special case of bufferless routing where N packets, once injected into the network, must be routed along specific paths to their destinations without conflicts. We give a general treatment of three facets of direct routing: (i) Algorithms. We present a polynomial time greedy algorithm for arbitrary direct routing problems whch is worst-case optimal, i.e., there exist instances for which no direct routing algorithm is better than the greedy. We apply variants of this algorithm to commonly used network topologies. In particular, we obtain near-optimal routing time using for the tree and d-dimensional mesh, given arbitrary sources and destinations; for the butterfly and the hypercube, the same result holds for random destinations. (ii) Complexity. By a reduction from Vertex Coloring, we show that Direct Routing is inapproximable, unless P=NP. (iii) Lower Bounds for Buffering. We show the existence of routing problems which cannot be solved efficiently with direct routing. To solve these problems, any routing algorithm needs buffers. We give nontrivial lower bounds on such buffering requirements for general routing algorithms.

Abstract: We exploit the game-theoretic ideas presented in [12] to
study the vertex coloring problem in a distributed setting. The vertices
of the graph are seen as players in a suitably defined strategic game,
where each player has to choose some color, and the payoff of a vertex is
the total number of players that have chosen the same color as its own.
We extend here the results of [12] by showing that, if any subset of nonneighboring
vertices perform a selfish step (i.e., change their colors in order
to increase their payoffs) in parallel, then a (Nash equilibrium) proper
coloring, using a number of colors within several known upper bounds
on the chromatic number, can still be reached in polynomial time. We
also present an implementation of the distributed algorithm in wireless
networks of tiny devices and evaluate the performance in simulated and
experimental environments. The performance analysis indicates that it
is the first practically implementable distributed algorithm.

Abstract: Motivated by the problem of allocating optical bandwidth in tree–shaped WDM networks, we study the fractional path coloring problem in trees. We consider the class of locally-symmetric sets of paths on binary trees and prove that any such set of paths has a fractional coloring of cost at most 1.367L, where L denotes the load of the set of paths. Using this result, we obtain a randomized algorithm that colors any locally-symmetric set of paths of load L on a binary tree (with reasonable restrictions on its depth) using at most 1.367L+o(L) colors, with high probability.

Abstract: We discuss two different ways of having fun with two different kinds of games: On the one hand, we present a framework for developing multiplayer pervasive games that rely on the use of mobile sensor networks. On the other hand, we show how to exploit game theoretic concepts in order to study the graph-theoretic problem of vertex coloring.

Abstract: In this work we experimentally study the min order Radiocoloring problem (RCP) on Chordal, Split and Permutation graphs, which are three basic families of perfect graphs. This problem asks to find an assignment using the minimum number of colors to the vertices of a given graph G, so that each pair of vertices which are at distance at most two apart in G have different colors. RCP is an NP-Complete problem on chordal and split graphs [4]. For each of the three families, there are upper bounds or/and approximation algorithms known for minimum number of colors needed to radiocolor such a graph [4,10].
We design and implement radiocoloring heuristics for graphs of above families, which are based on the greedy heuristic. Also, for each one of the above families, we investigate whether there exists graph instances requiring a number of colors in order to be radiocolored, close to the best known upper bound for the family. Towards this goal, we present a number generators that produce graphs of the above families that require either (i) a large number of colors (compared to the best upper bound), in order to be radiocolored, called ldquoextremalrdquo graphs or (ii) a small number of colors, called ldquonon-extremalrdquoinstances. The experimental evaluation showed that random generated graph instances are in the most of the cases ldquonon-extremalrdquo graphs. Also, that greedy like heuristics performs very well in the most of the cases, especially for ldquonon-extremalrdquo graphs.

Abstract: The Frequency Assignment Problem (FAP) in radio networks is the problem of assigning frequencies to transmitters exploiting frequency reuse while keeping signal interference to acceptable levels. The FAP is usually modelled by variations of the graph coloring problem. The Radiocoloring (RC) of a graph G(V,E) is an assignment function Φ: V → IN such that ¦Φ(u)-Φ(v)≥ 2, when u; v are neighbors in G, and ¦Φ(u)-Φ(v)≥1 when the minimum distance of u; v in G is two. The discrete number and the range of frequencies used are called order and span, respectively. The optimization versions of the Radiocoloring Problem (RCP) are to minimize the span or the order. In this paper we prove that the min span RCP is NP-complete for planar graphs. Next, we provide an O(nΔ) time algorithm (¦V¦ = n) which obtains a radiocoloring of a planar graph G that approximates the minimum order within a ratio which tends to 2 (where Δ the maximum degree of G). Finally, we provide a fully polynomial randomized approximation scheme (fpras) for the number of valid radiocolorings of a planar graph G with λ colors, in the case λ ≥ 4λ + 50.

Abstract: It was only recently shown by Shi and Wormald, using the differential equation method to analyze an appropriate algorithm, that a random 5-regular graph asymptotically almost surely has chromatic number at most 4. Here, we show that the chromatic number of a random 5-regular graph is asymptotically almost surely equal to 3, provided a certain four-variable function has a unique maximum at a given point in
a bounded domain. We also describe extensive numerical evidence that strongly suggests that the latter condition holds. The proof applies the small subgraph conditioning method to the number of locally rainbow balanced 3-colorings, where a coloring is balanced if the number of vertices of each color is equal, and locally rainbow if every vertex is adjacent to at least one vertex of each of the other colors.

Abstract: For various random constraint satisfaction problems there is a significant gap between the largest constraint density
for which solutions exist and the largest density for which any polynomial time algorithm is known to find
solutions. Examples of this phenomenon include random k-SAT, random graph coloring, and a number of other
random Constraint Satisfaction Problems. To understand this gap, we study the structure of the solution space of
random k-SAT (i.e., the set of all satisfying assignments viewed as a subgraph of the Hamming cube). We prove
that for densities well below the satisfiability threshold, the solution space decomposes into an exponential number
of connected components and give quantitative bounds for the diameter, volume and number.

Abstract: For various random constraint satisfaction problems there is a significant gap between
the largest constraint density for which solutions exist and the largest density for which any polynomial
time algorithm is known to find solutions. Examples of this phenomenon include random
k-SAT, random graph coloring, and a number of other random constraint satisfaction problems. To
understand this gap, we study the structure of the solution space of random k-SAT (i.e., the set of
all satisfying assignments viewed as a subgraph of the Hamming cube). We prove that for densities
well below the satisfiability threshold, the solution space decomposes into an exponential number of
connected components and give quantitative bounds for the diameter, volume, and numb

Abstract: We study the on-line versions of two fundamental graph problems, maximum independent set and minimum coloring, for the case of disk graphs which are graphs resulting from intersections of disks on the plane. In particular, we investigate whether randomization can be used to break known lower bounds for deterministic on-line independent set algorithms and present new upper and lower bounds; we also present an improved upper bound for on-line coloring.

Abstract: We employ here the Probabilistic Method, a way of reasoning which shows existence of combinatorial structures and properties to prove refute conjectures. The radiocoloring problem (RCP) is the problem of assigning frequencies to the transmitters of a network so that transmitters of distance one get frequencies that di#er by at least two and any two transmitters of distance one get frequencies that di#er by at least one. The objective of an assignment may be to minimize the number of frequencies used (order) or the range of them (span). Here, we study the optimization version of RCP where the objective is to minimize the order. In graph theory terms the problem is modelled by a variation of the vertex graph coloring problem. We investigate upper bounds for the minimum number of colors needed in a radiocoloring assignment of a graph G. We first provide an upper bound for the minimum number of colors needed to radiocolor a graph G of girth at most 7. Then, we study whether the minimum order of a radiocoloring assignment is determined by local conditions, i.e. by the minimum order radiocoloring assignment of some small subgraphs of it. We state a related conjecture which is analogous to a theorem of Molloy and Reed for the vertex coloring problem [12]. We then investigate whether the conjecture contradicts a Theorem of Molloy and Reed for the vertex coloring when applied on the graph G 2

Abstract: The Frequency Assignment Problem (FAP) in radio networks is the problem of assigning frequencies to transmitters, by exploiting frequency reuse while keeping signal interference to acceptable levels. The FAP is usually modelled by variations of the graph coloring problem. A Radiocoloring (RC) of a graph G(V,E) is an assignment function View the MathML source such that |{\"O}(u)-{\"O}(v)|greater-or-equal, slanted2, when u,v are neighbors in G, and |{\"O}(u)-{\"O}(v)|greater-or-equal, slanted1 when the distance of u,v in G is two. The number of discrete frequencies and the range of frequencies used are called order and span, respectively. The optimization versions of the Radiocoloring Problem (RCP) are to minimize the span or the order. In this paper we prove that the radiocoloring problem for general graphs is hard to approximate (unless NP=ZPP) within a factor of n1/2-{\aa} (for any View the MathML source), where n is the number of vertices of the graph. However, when restricted to some special cases of graphs, the problem becomes easier. We prove that the min span RCP is NP-complete for planar graphs. Next, we provide an O(n{\"A}) time algorithm (|V|=n) which obtains a radiocoloring of a planar graph G that approximates the minimum order within a ratio which tends to 2 (where {\"A} the maximum degree of G). Finally, we provide a fully polynomial randomized approximation scheme (fpras) for the number of valid radiocolorings of a planar graph G with {\"e} colors, in the case where {\"e}greater-or-equal, slanted4{\"A}+50.

Abstract: The Frequency Assignment Problem (FAP) in radio networks is the problem of assigning frequencies to transmitters, by exploiting frequency reuse while keeping signal interference to acceptable levels. The FAP is usually modelled by variations of the graph coloring problem. A Radiocoloring (RC) of a graph G(V,E) is an assignment function View the MathML source such that |{\"O}(u)-{\"O}(v)|greater-or-equal, slanted2, when u,v are neighbors in G, and |{\"O}(u)-{\"O}(v)|greater-or-equal, slanted1 when the distance of u,v in G is two. The number of discrete frequencies and the range of frequencies used are called order and span, respectively. The optimization versions of the Radiocoloring Problem (RCP) are to minimize the span or the order. In this paper we prove that the radiocoloring problem for general graphs is hard to approximate (unless NP=ZPP) within a factor of n1/2-{\aa} (for any View the MathML source), where n is the number of vertices of the graph. However, when restricted to some special cases of graphs, the problem becomes easier. We prove that the min span RCP is NP-complete for planar graphs. Next, we provide an O(n{\"A}) time algorithm (|V|=n) which obtains a radiocoloring of a planar graph G that approximates the minimum order within a ratio which tends to 2 (where {\"A} the maximum degree of G). Finally, we provide a fully polynomial randomized approximation scheme (fpras) for the number of valid radiocolorings of a planar graph G with {\"e} colors, in the case where {\"e}greater-or-equal, slanted4{\"A}+50.

Abstract: The Frequency Assignment Problem (FAP) in radio networks is the problem of assigning frequencies to transmitters exploiting frequency reuse while keeping signal interference to acceptable levels. The FAP is usually modelled by variations of the graph coloring problem. A Radiocoloring (RC) of a graph G(V,E) is an assignment function View the MathML source such that |{\"E}(u)−{\"E}(v)|greater-or-equal, slanted2, when u,v are neighbors in G, and |{\"E}(u)−{\"E}(v)|greater-or-equal, slanted1 when the distance of u,v in G is two. The discrete number of frequencies used is called order and the range of frequencies used, span. The optimization versions of the Radiocoloring Problem (RCP) are to minimize the span (min span RCP) or the order (min order RCP).
In this paper, we deal with an interesting, yet not examined until now, variation of the radiocoloring problem: that of satisfying frequency assignment requests which exhibit some periodic behavior. In this case, the interference graph (modelling interference between transmitters) is some (infinite) periodic graph. Infinite periodic graphs usually model finite networks that accept periodic (in time, e.g. daily) requests for frequency assignment. Alternatively, they can model very large networks produced by the repetition of a small graph.
A periodic graph G is defined by an infinite two-way sequence of repetitions of the same finite graph Gi(Vi,Ei). The edge set of G is derived by connecting the vertices of each iteration Gi to some of the vertices of the next iteration Gi+1, the same for all Gi. We focus on planar periodic graphs, because in many cases real networks are planar and also because of their independent mathematical interest.
We give two basic results:
• We prove that the min span RCP is PSPACE-complete for periodic planar graphs.
• We provide an O(n({\"A}(Gi)+{\'o})) time algorithm (where|Vi|=n, {\"A}(Gi) is the maximum degree of the graph Gi and {\'o} is the number of edges connecting each Gi to Gi+1), which obtains a radiocoloring of a periodic planar graph G that approximates the minimum span within a ratio which tends to View the MathML source as {\"A}(Gi)+{\'o} tends to infinity.
We remark that, any approximation algorithm for the min span RCP of a finite planar graph G, that achieves a span of at most {\'a}{\"A}(G)+constant, for any {\'a} and where {\"A}(G) is the maximum degree of G, can be used as a subroutine in our algorithm to produce an approximation for min span RCP of asymptotic ratio {\'a} for periodic planar graphs.

Abstract: The Frequency Assignment Problem (FAP) in radio networks is the problem of assigning frequencies to transmitters exploiting frequency reuse while keeping signal interference to acceptable levels. The FAP is usually modelled by variations of the graph coloring problem. The Radiocoloring (RC) of a graph G(V,E) is an assignment function {\"O}: V → IN such that ∣{\"O}(u) - {\"O}(v)∣ ≥2, when u, v are neighbors in G, and ∣{\"O}(u) - {\"O}(v)∣ ≥1 when the distance of u, v in G is two. The range of frequencies used is called span. Here, we consider the optimization version of the Radiocoloring Problem (RCP) of finding a radiocoloring assignment of minimum span, called min span RCP. In this paper, we deal with a variation of RCP: that of satisfying frequency assignment requests with some periodic behavior. In this case, the interference graph is an (infinite) periodic graph. Infinite periodic graphs model finite networks that accept periodic (in time, e.g. daily) requests for frequency assignment. Alternatively, they may model very large networks produced by the repetition of a small graph. A periodic graph G is defined by an infinite two-way sequence of repetitions of the same finite graph G i (V i ,E i ). The edge set of G is derived by connecting the vertices of each iteration G i to some of the vertices of the next iteration G i +1, the same for all G i . The model of periodic graphs considered here is similar to that of periodic graphs in Orlin [13], Marathe et al [10]. We focus on planar periodic graphs, because in many cases real networks are planar and also because of their independent mathematical interest. We give two basic results: - We prove that the min span RCP is PSPACE-complete for periodic planar graphs. - We provide an O(n({\"A}(G i ) + {\'o})) time algorithm, (where ∣V i ∣ = n, {\"A}(G i ) is the maximum degree of the graph G i and {\'o} is the number of edges connecting each G i to G i +1), which obtains a radiocoloring of a periodic planar graph G that approximates the minimum span within a ratio which tends to 2 as {\"A}(Gi) + {\'o} tends to infinity.

Abstract: We study computationally hard combinatorial problems arising from the important engineering question of how to maximize the number of connections that can be simultaneously served in a WDM optical network. In such networks, WDM technology can satisfy a set of connections by computing a route and assigning a wavelength to each connection so that no two connections routed through the same fiber are assigned the same wavelength. Each fiber supports a limited number of w wavelengths and in order to fully exploit the parallelism provided by the technology, one should select a set connections of maximum cardinality which can be satisfied using the available wavelengths. This is known as the maximum routing and path coloring problem (maxRPC).
Our main contribution is a general analysis method for a class of iterative algorithms for a more general coloring problem. A lower bound on the benefit of such an algorithm in terms of the optimal benefit and the number of available wavelengths is given by a benefit-revealing linear program. We apply this method to maxRPC in both undirected and bidirected rings to obtain bounds on the approximability of several algorithms. Our results also apply to the problem maxPC where paths instead of connections are given as part of the input. We also study the profit version of maxPC in rings where each path has a profit and the objective is to satisfy a set of paths of maximum total profit.