### Abstract

In a seminal paper [3], Bar-Yehuda, Goldreich and Itai considered broadcasting in radio networks whose nodes know only their own label and labels of their neighbors. They claimed a linear lower bound on the time of deterministic broadcasting in such radio networks, by constructing a class of graphs of diameter 3, with the property that every broadcasting algorithm requires linear time on one of these graphs. Due to a subtle error in the argument, this result is incorrect. We construct an algorithm that broadcasts in logarithmic time on all graphs from [3]. Moreover, we show how to broadcast in sublinear time on all n-node graphs of diameter o(log log n). On the other hand, we construct a class of graphs of diameter 4, such that every broadcasting algorithm requires time Ω(^{4}√n) on one of these graphs. In view of the randomized algorithm from [3], running in expected time O(D log n + log^{2} n) on all n-node graphs of diameter D, our lower bound gives the first correct proof of an exponential gap between determinism and randomization in the time of radio broadcasting.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 63-72 |

Number of pages | 10 |

Journal | Annual Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science - Proceedings |

State | Published - Dec 1 2002 |

Externally published | Yes |

Event | The 34rd Annual IEEE Symposium on Foundations of Computer Science - Vancouver, BC, Canada Duration: Nov 16 2002 → Nov 19 2002 |

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### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Hardware and Architecture