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TimeMessage TradeOffs in Distributed Algorithms
This paper focuses on showing timemessage tradeoffs in distributed algorithms for fundamental problems such as leader election, broadcast, spanning tree (ST), minimum spanning tree (MST), minimum cut, and many graph verification problems. We consider the synchronous CONGEST distributed computing model and assume that each node has initial knowledge of itself and the identifiers of its neighbors  the socalled KT_1 model  a wellstudied model that also naturally arises in many applications. Recently, it has been established that one can obtain (almost) singularly optimal algorithms, i.e., algorithms that have simultaneously optimal time and message complexity (up to polylogarithmic factors), for many fundamental problems in the standard KT_0 model (where nodes have only local knowledge of themselves and not their neighbors). The situation is less clear in the KT_1 model. In this paper, we present several new distributed algorithms in the KT_1 model that trade off between time and message complexity. Our distributed algorithms are based on a uniform and general approach which involves constructing a sparsified spanning subgraph of the original graph  called a danner  that trades off the number of edges with the diameter of the sparsifier. In particular, a key ingredient of our approach is a more »
 Publication Date:
 NSFPAR ID:
 10169212
 Journal Name:
 32nd International Symposium on Distributed Computing (DISC 2018)
 Volume:
 121
 Sponsoring Org:
 National Science Foundation
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