Approximating minimum-power k-connectivity

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The Minimum-Power k-Connected Subgraph (MPkCS) problem seeks a power (range) assignment to the nodes of a given wireless network such that the resulting communication (sub)network is k-connected and the total power is minimum. We give a new very simple approximation algorithm for this problem that significantly improves the previously best known approximation ratios. Specifically, the approximation ratios of our algorithm are: - 3 (improving (3 + 2/3)) for k = 2; - 4 (improving (5 + 2/3)) for k = 3; - k + 3 for k ∈ {4, 5} and k + 5 for k ∈ {6, 7} (improving k + 2[(k + 1)/2]); - 3(k - 1) (improving 3k) for any constant k. Our results are based on a (k + 1)-approximation algorithm (improving the ratio k + 4) for the problem of finding a Min-Power k-Inconnected Subgraph, which is of independent interest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-137
Number of pages9
JournalAd-Hoc and Sensor Wireless Networks
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 2010


  • Approximationalgorithms
  • Node-connectivity
  • Power assignment
  • Wireless networks


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