Rate-memory trade-off for caching and delivery of correlated sources

Parisa Hassanzadeh, Antonia M. Tulino, Jaime Llorca, Elza Erkip

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This paper studies the fundamental limits of content delivery in a cache-aided broadcast network for correlated content generated by a discrete memoryless source with arbitrary joint distribution. Each receiver is equipped with a cache of equal capacity, and the requested files are delivered over a shared error-free broadcast link. A class of achievable correlation-aware schemes based on a two-step source coding approach is proposed. Library files are first compressed, and then cached and delivered using a combination of multiple-request caching schemes that are agnostic to the content correlations. The first step uses Gray-Wyner source coding to represent the library via private descriptions and descriptions that are common to more than one file. The second step then becomes a multiple-request caching problem, where the demand structure is dictated by the configuration of the compressed library, and it is interesting in its own right. The performance of the proposed two-step scheme is evaluated by comparing its achievable rate with a lower bound on the optimal peak and average rate-memory trade-offs in a two-file multiple-receiver network, and in a three-file two-receiver network. Specifically, in a network with two files and two receivers, the achievable rate matches the lower bound for a significant memory regime and it is within half of the conditional entropy of files for all other memory values. In the three-file two-receiver network, the two-step strategy achieves the lower bound for large cache capacities, and it is within half of the joint entropy of two of the sources conditioned on the third one for all other cache sizes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8972561
Pages (from-to)2219-2251
Number of pages33
JournalIEEE Transactions on Information Theory
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2020


  • Caching
  • Gray-Wyner network
  • coded multicast
  • correlated content distribution
  • distributed lossless source coding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences


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