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Concurrent Online Tracking of Mobile Users
 J. ACM
, 1991
"... This paper deals with the problem of maintaining a distributed directory server, that enables us to keep track of mobile users in a distributed network in the presence of concurrent requests. The paper uses the graphtheoretic concept of regional matching for implementing efficient tracking mechanis ..."
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This paper deals with the problem of maintaining a distributed directory server, that enables us to keep track of mobile users in a distributed network in the presence of concurrent requests. The paper uses the graphtheoretic concept of regional matching for implementing efficient tracking mechanisms. The communication overhead of our tracking mechanism is within a polylogarithmic factor of the lower bound. 1 Introduction Since the primary function of a communication network is to provide communication facilities between users and processes in the system, one of the key problems such a network faces is the need to be able to Department of Mathematics and Lab. for Computer Science, M.I.T., Cambridge, MA 02139, USA. Email: baruch@theory.lcs.mit.edu. Supported by Air Force Contract TNDGAFOSR860078, ARO contract DAAL0386K0171, NSF contract CCR8611442, DARPA contract N0001489J 1988, and a special grant from IBM. y Departmentof Applied Mathematicsand Computer Science, The Weizm...
What Can Be Computed Locally?
 SIAM J. Comput
, 1993
"... . The purpose of this paper is a study of computation that can be done locally in a distributed network, where "locally" means within time (or distance) independent of the size of the network. Locally Checkable Labeling (LCL) problems are considered, where the legality of a labeling can be checked l ..."
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. The purpose of this paper is a study of computation that can be done locally in a distributed network, where "locally" means within time (or distance) independent of the size of the network. Locally Checkable Labeling (LCL) problems are considered, where the legality of a labeling can be checked locally (e.g., coloring). The results include the following: ffl There are nontrivial LCL problems that have local algorithms. ffl There is a variant of the dining philosophers problem that can be solved locally. ffl Randomization cannot make an LCL problem local; i.e., if a problem has a local randomized algorithm then it has a local deterministic algorithm. ffl It is undecidable, in general, whether a given LCL has a local algorithm. ffl However, it is decidable whether a given LCL has an algorithm that operates in a given time t. ffl Any LCL problem that has a local algorithm has one that is orderinvariant (the algorithm depends only on the order of the processor id's). Keywords: ...
An Efficient Distributed Algorithm for Constructing Small Dominating Sets
, 2001
"... The dominating set problem asks for a small subset D of nodes in a graph such that every node is either in D or adjacent to a node in D. This problem arises in a number of distributed network applications, where it is important to locate a small number of centers in the network such that every node ..."
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The dominating set problem asks for a small subset D of nodes in a graph such that every node is either in D or adjacent to a node in D. This problem arises in a number of distributed network applications, where it is important to locate a small number of centers in the network such that every node is nearby at least one center. Finding a dominating set of minimum size is NPcomplete, and the best known approximation is logarithmic in the maximum degree of the graph and is provided by the same simple greedy approach that gives the wellknown logarithmic approximation result for the closely related set cover problem.
A sublinear time distributed algorithm for minimumweight spanning trees
 SIAM J. Comput
, 1998
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Distance Estimation and Object Location via Rings of Neighbors
 In 24 th Annual ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing (PODC
, 2005
"... We consider four problems on distance estimation and object location which share the common flavor of capturing global information via informative node labels: lowstretch routing schemes [47], distance labeling [24], searchable small worlds [30], and triangulationbased distance estimation [33]. Fo ..."
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We consider four problems on distance estimation and object location which share the common flavor of capturing global information via informative node labels: lowstretch routing schemes [47], distance labeling [24], searchable small worlds [30], and triangulationbased distance estimation [33]. Focusing on metrics of low doubling dimension, we approach these problems with a common technique called rings of neighbors, which refers to a sparse distributed data structure that underlies all our constructions. Apart from improving the previously known bounds for these problems, our contributions include extending Kleinberg’s small world model to doubling metrics, and a short proof of the main result in Chan et al. [14]. Doubling dimension is a notion of dimensionality for general metrics that has recently become a useful algorithmic concept in the theoretical computer science literature. 1
A LogStar Distributed Maximal Independent Set Algorithm . . .
 PODC'08
, 2008
"... We present a novel distributed algorithm for the maximal independent set (MIS) problem. On growthbounded graphs (GBG) our deterministic algorithm finishes in O(log ∗ n) time, n being the number of nodes. In light of Linial’s Ω(log ∗ n) lower bound our algorithm is asymptotically optimal. Our algori ..."
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We present a novel distributed algorithm for the maximal independent set (MIS) problem. On growthbounded graphs (GBG) our deterministic algorithm finishes in O(log ∗ n) time, n being the number of nodes. In light of Linial’s Ω(log ∗ n) lower bound our algorithm is asymptotically optimal. Our algorithm answers prominent open problems in the ad hoc/sensor network domain. For instance, it solves the connected dominating set problem for unit disk graphs in O(log ∗ n) time, exponentially faster than the stateoftheart algorithm. With a new extension our algorithm also computes a δ + 1 coloring in O(log ∗ n) time, where δ is the maximum degree of the graph.
Fast Distributed Construction of Small kDominating Sets and Applications
, 2000
"... This paper presents a fast distributed algorithm to compute a small kdominating set D (for any xed k) and its induced graph partition (breaking the graph into radius k clusters centered around the vertices of D). The time complexity of the algorithm is O(k log n). ..."
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This paper presents a fast distributed algorithm to compute a small kdominating set D (for any xed k) and its induced graph partition (breaking the graph into radius k clusters centered around the vertices of D). The time complexity of the algorithm is O(k log n).
An Algorithm for Group Formation in an Amorphous Computer
 Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Systems (PDCS
, 1998
"... Amorphous computing[1] is the study of programming ultrascale computing environments of smart sensors and actuators that communicate locally via wireless broadcast. In such environments, where individual elements have limited resources, aggregation into groups is useful for specialization, faultto ..."
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Amorphous computing[1] is the study of programming ultrascale computing environments of smart sensors and actuators that communicate locally via wireless broadcast. In such environments, where individual elements have limited resources, aggregation into groups is useful for specialization, faulttolerance, and resource allocation. This paper presents a new algorithm, called clubs, that takes advantage of the local communication to efficiently aggregate processors into groups in an amorphous computer. Time taken is proportional to the local density of processors, even in an asynchronous setting. The physical embedding of the amorphous computer is used to derive an upper bound on the number and density of groups formed. The clubs algorithm can be extended to adapt to processor failures and to find the maximal independent set (MIS) and \Delta + 1 vertex coloring in O(log N) rounds, where N is the total number of elements and \Delta is the maximum degree. Simulation results and example ap...
Fast Deterministic Distributed Maximal Independent Set Computation on GrowthBounded Graphs
 IN PROC. 19TH CONFERENCE ON DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING (DISC
, 2005
"... The distributed complexity of computing a maximal independent set in a graph is of both practical and theoretical importance. While there exists an elegant O(log n) time randomized algorithm for general graphs [20], no deterministic polylogarithmic algorithm is known. In this paper, we study the p ..."
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The distributed complexity of computing a maximal independent set in a graph is of both practical and theoretical importance. While there exists an elegant O(log n) time randomized algorithm for general graphs [20], no deterministic polylogarithmic algorithm is known. In this paper, we study the problem in graphs with bounded growth, an important family of graphs which includes the wellknown unit disk graph and many variants thereof. Particularly, we propose a deterministic algorithm that computes a maximal independent set in time O(log \Delta * log*n) in graphs with bounded growth, where n and \Delta denote the number of nodes and the maximal degree in G, respectively.
Maximal Independent Sets in Radio Networks
"... We study the distributed complexity of computing a maximal independent set (MIS) in radio networks with completely unknown topology, asynchronous wakeup, and no collision detection mechanism available. Specifically, we propose a novel randomized algorithm that computes a MIS in time O(log 2 n) with ..."
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We study the distributed complexity of computing a maximal independent set (MIS) in radio networks with completely unknown topology, asynchronous wakeup, and no collision detection mechanism available. Specifically, we propose a novel randomized algorithm that computes a MIS in time O(log 2 n) with high probability, where n is the number of nodes in the network. This significantly improving on the best previously known solutions. A lower bound of Ω(log 2 n / log log n) given in [11] implies that our algorithm’s running time is close to optimal. Our result shows that the harsh radio network model imposes merely an additional O(log n) factor compared to Luby’s MIS algorithm in the message passing model. This has important implications in the context of ad hoc and sensor networks whose characteristics are closely captured by the radio network model.