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Models of Computation  Exploring the Power of Computing
"... Theoretical computer science treats any computational subject for which a good model can be created. Research on formal models of computation was initiated in the 1930s and 1940s by Turing, Post, Kleene, Church, and others. In the 1950s and 1960s programming languages, language translators, and oper ..."
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Theoretical computer science treats any computational subject for which a good model can be created. Research on formal models of computation was initiated in the 1930s and 1940s by Turing, Post, Kleene, Church, and others. In the 1950s and 1960s programming languages, language translators, and operating systems were under development and therefore became both the subject and basis for a great deal of theoretical work. The power of computers of this period was limited by slow processors and small amounts of memory, and thus theories (models, algorithms, and analysis) were developed to explore the efficient use of computers as well as the inherent complexity of problems. The former subject is known today as algorithms and data structures, the latter computational complexity. The focus of theoretical computer scientists in the 1960s on languages is reflected in the first textbook on the subject, Formal Languages and Their Relation to Automata by John Hopcroft and Jeffrey Ullman. This influential book led to the creation of many languagecentered theoretical computer science courses; many introductory theory courses today continue to reflect the content of this book and the interests of theoreticians of the 1960s and early 1970s. Although
A nonlinear time lower bound for boolean branching programs
 In Proc. of 40th FOCS
, 1999
"... Abstract: We give an exponential lower bound for the size of any lineartime Boolean branching program computing an explicitly given function. More precisely, we prove that for all positive integers k and for all sufficiently small ε> 0, if n is sufficiently large then there is no Boolean (or 2way) ..."
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Abstract: We give an exponential lower bound for the size of any lineartime Boolean branching program computing an explicitly given function. More precisely, we prove that for all positive integers k and for all sufficiently small ε> 0, if n is sufficiently large then there is no Boolean (or 2way) branching program of size less than 2 εn which, for all inputs X ⊆ {0,1,...,n − 1}, computes in time kn the parity of the number of elements of the set of all pairs 〈x,y 〉 with the property x ∈ X, y ∈ X, x < y, x + y ∈ X. For the proof of this fact we show that if A = (ai, j) n i=0, j=0 is a random n by n matrix over the field with 2 elements with the condition that “A is constant on each minor diagonal,” then with high probability the rank of each δn by δn submatrix of A is at least cδlogδ  −2n, where c> 0 is an absolute constant and n is sufficiently large with respect to δ.
TimeSpace Tradeoffs for Branching Programs
, 1999
"... We obtain the first nontrivial timespace tradeoff lower bound for functions f : {0, 1}^n → {0, 1} on general branching programs by exhibiting a Boolean function f that requires exponential size to be computed by any branching program of length (1 + ε)n, for some constant ε > 0 ..."
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We obtain the first nontrivial timespace tradeoff lower bound for functions f : {0, 1}^n → {0, 1} on general branching programs by exhibiting a Boolean function f that requires exponential size to be computed by any branching program of length (1 + ε)n, for some constant ε > 0. We also give the first separation result between the syntactic and semantic readk models [BRS93] for k > 1 by showing that polynomialsize semantic readtwice branching programs can compute functions that require exponential size on any syntactic readk branching program. We also show...
TimeSpace Tradeoff Lower Bounds for Randomized Computation of Decision Problems
 In Proc. of 41st FOCS
, 2000
"... We prove the first timespace lower bound tradeoffs for randomized computation of decision problems. ..."
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We prove the first timespace lower bound tradeoffs for randomized computation of decision problems.
Communicationspace tradeoffs for unrestricted protocols
 SIAM Journal on Computing
, 1994
"... This paper introduces communicating branching programs, and develops a general technique for demonstrating communicationspace tradeoffs for pairs of communicating branching programs. This technique is then used to prove communicationspace tradeoffs for any pair of communicating branching programs ..."
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This paper introduces communicating branching programs, and develops a general technique for demonstrating communicationspace tradeoffs for pairs of communicating branching programs. This technique is then used to prove communicationspace tradeoffs for any pair of communicating branching programs that hashes according to a universal family of hash functions. Other tradeoffs follow from this result. As an example, any pair of communicating Boolean branching programs that computes matrixvector products over GF(2) requires communicationspace product Ω(n 2), provided the space used is o(n / log n). These are the first examples of communicationspace tradeoffs on a completely general model of communicating processes.
A TimeSpace Tradeoff for Boolean Matrix Multiplication
"... A timespace tradeoff is established in the branching program model for the problem of computing the product of two n x n matrices over the semiring ((0, l}, V, A). It is a.ssumed that ea.ch element of each nxn input matrix is chosen independently to be 1 with probability nll2 and to be 0 with prob ..."
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A timespace tradeoff is established in the branching program model for the problem of computing the product of two n x n matrices over the semiring ((0, l}, V, A). It is a.ssumed that ea.ch element of each nxn input matrix is chosen independently to be 1 with probability nll2 and to be 0 with probability 1 n1/2. Letting S and T denote expected space and time of a deterministic algorithm, the tradeoff is ST = R(n3.5) for T < cln2.5 and ST = R(n3) for T> where c1, c2> 0. The lower bounds are matched to within a logarithmic factor by upper bounds in the branching program model. Thus, the tradeoff possesses a sharp break a.t T = O(n2.5). These expected case lower bounds are also the best known lower bounds for the worst case.
Optimal TimeSpace TradeOffs for NonComparisonBased Sorting ∗
, 2001
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Reproduction of all or part of this work is permitted for educational or research use on condition that this copyright notice is included in any copy. See back inner page for a list of recent BRICS Report Series publications. Copies may be obtained by contacting: BRICS
Some Topics in Parallel Computation and Branching Programs
, 1995
"... Some Topics in Parallel Computation and Branching Programs by Rakesh Kumar Sinha Chairperson of the Supervisory Committee: Professor Paul Beame Department of Computer Science and Engineering There are two parts of this thesis: the first part gives two constructions of branching programs; the second ..."
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Some Topics in Parallel Computation and Branching Programs by Rakesh Kumar Sinha Chairperson of the Supervisory Committee: Professor Paul Beame Department of Computer Science and Engineering There are two parts of this thesis: the first part gives two constructions of branching programs; the second part contains three results on models of parallel machines. The branching program model has turned out to be very useful for understanding the computational behavior of problems. In addition, several restrictions of branching programs, for example ordered binary decision diagrams, have proven to be successful data structures in several VLSI design and verification applications. We construct a branching program of o(n log 3 n) nodes for computing any threshold function on n variables and a branching program of o(n log 4 n) nodes for determining the sum of n variables modulo a fixed divisor. These are improvements over constructions of size 2(n 3=2 ) due to Lupanov [Lup65]. The second p...
@ 1993 Birkh/iuser Verlag, Basel ON LOWER BOUNDS FOR READKTIMES BRANCHING PROGRAMS
"... Abstract. A syntactic readktimes branching program has the restriction that no variable occurs more than k times on any path (whether or not consistent) of the branching program. We first extend the result in [31], to show that the "n/2 clique only function", which is easily seen to be computable ..."
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Abstract. A syntactic readktimes branching program has the restriction that no variable occurs more than k times on any path (whether or not consistent) of the branching program. We first extend the result in [31], to show that the "n/2 clique only function", which is easily seen to be computable by deterministic polynomial size readtwice programs, cannot be computed by nondeterministic polynomial size readonce programs, although its complement can be so computed. We then exhibit an explicit Boolean function f such that every nondeterministic syntactic readktimes branching program for computing f has size Subject classifications. 68Q05, 68Q25. 1.