Time-Optimal Construction of Overlay Networks

09/08/2020
by   Thorsten Götte, et al.
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We show how to construct an overlay network of constant degree and diameter O(log n) in time O(log n) starting from an arbitrary weakly connected graph. We assume a synchronous communication network in which nodes can send messages to nodes they know the identifier of, and new connections can be established by sending node identifiers. If the initial network's graph is weakly connected and has constant degree, then our algorithm constructs the desired topology with each node sending and receiving only O(log n) messages in each round in time O(log n), w.h.p., which beats the currently best O(log^3/2 n) time algorithm of [Götte et al., SIROCCO'19]. Since the problem cannot be solved faster than by using pointer jumping for O(log n) rounds (which would even require each node to communicate Ω(n) bits), our algorithm is asymptotically optimal. We achieve this speedup by using short random walks to repeatedly establish random connections between the nodes that quickly reduce the conductance of the graph using an observation of [Kwok and Lau, APPROX'14]. Additionally, we show how our algorithm can be used to efficiently solve graph problems in hybrid networks [Augustine et al., SODA'20]. Motivated by the idea that nodes possess two different modes of communication, we assume that communication of the initial edges is unrestricted, whereas only polylogarithmically many messages can be communicated over edges that have been established throughout an algorithm's execution. For an (undirected) graph G with arbitrary degree, we show how to compute connected components, a spanning tree, and biconnected components in time O(log n), w.h.p. Furthermore, we show how to compute an MIS in time O(log d + loglog n), w.h.p., where d is the initial degree of G.

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