TY - JOUR

T1 - More efficient periodic traversal in anonymous undirected graphs

AU - Czyzowicz, Jurek

AU - Dobrev, Stefan

AU - Gasieniec, Leszek

AU - Ilcinkas, David

AU - Jansson, Jesper

AU - Klasing, Ralf

AU - Lignos, Ioannis

AU - Martin, Russell

AU - Sadakane, Kunihiko

AU - Sung, Wing Kin

N1 - Funding Information:
The third author was partially funded by the Royal Society International Joint Project, IJP - 2007/R1. The fourth and sixth authors were supported in part by the ANR projects ALADDIN and ALPAGE, the INRIA project CEPAGE, and the European projects GRAAL and DYNAMO. The fifth author was funded by the Special Coordination Funds for Promoting Science and Technology, Japan. The eighth author was partially funded by the Nuffield Foundation grant NAL/32566, ‘‘The structure and efficient utilization of the Internet and other distributed systems’’.
Copyright:
Copyright 2012 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

PY - 2012/7/27

Y1 - 2012/7/27

N2 - We consider the problem of periodic graph exploration in which a mobile entity with constant memory, an agent, has to visit all n nodes of an input simple, connected, undirected graph in a periodic manner. Graphs are assumed to be anonymous, that is, nodes are unlabeled. While visiting a node, the agent may distinguish between the edges incident to it; for each node v, the endpoints of the edges incident to v are uniquely identified by different integer labels called port numbers. We are interested in algorithms for assigning the port numbers together with traversal algorithms for agents using these port numbers to obtain short traversal periods. Periodic graph exploration is unsolvable if the port numbers are set arbitrarily; see Budach (1978) [1]. However, surprisingly small periods can be achieved by carefully assigning the port numbers. Dobrev et al. (2005) [4] described an algorithm for assigning port numbers and an oblivious agent (i.e., an agent with no memory) using it, such that the agent explores any graph with n nodes within the period 10n. When the agent has access to a constant number of memory bits, the optimal length of the period was proved in Gasieniec et al. (2008) [7] to be no more than 3.75n-2 (using a different assignment of the port numbers and a different traversal algorithm). In this paper, we improve both these bounds. More precisely, we show how to achieve a period length of at most (4+13)n-4 for oblivious agents and a period length of at most 3.5n-2 for agents with constant memory. To obtain our results, we introduce a new, fast graph decomposition technique called a three-layer partition that may also be useful for solving other graph problems in the future. Finally, we present the first non-trivial lower bound, 2.8n-2, on the period length for the oblivious case.

AB - We consider the problem of periodic graph exploration in which a mobile entity with constant memory, an agent, has to visit all n nodes of an input simple, connected, undirected graph in a periodic manner. Graphs are assumed to be anonymous, that is, nodes are unlabeled. While visiting a node, the agent may distinguish between the edges incident to it; for each node v, the endpoints of the edges incident to v are uniquely identified by different integer labels called port numbers. We are interested in algorithms for assigning the port numbers together with traversal algorithms for agents using these port numbers to obtain short traversal periods. Periodic graph exploration is unsolvable if the port numbers are set arbitrarily; see Budach (1978) [1]. However, surprisingly small periods can be achieved by carefully assigning the port numbers. Dobrev et al. (2005) [4] described an algorithm for assigning port numbers and an oblivious agent (i.e., an agent with no memory) using it, such that the agent explores any graph with n nodes within the period 10n. When the agent has access to a constant number of memory bits, the optimal length of the period was proved in Gasieniec et al. (2008) [7] to be no more than 3.75n-2 (using a different assignment of the port numbers and a different traversal algorithm). In this paper, we improve both these bounds. More precisely, we show how to achieve a period length of at most (4+13)n-4 for oblivious agents and a period length of at most 3.5n-2 for agents with constant memory. To obtain our results, we introduce a new, fast graph decomposition technique called a three-layer partition that may also be useful for solving other graph problems in the future. Finally, we present the first non-trivial lower bound, 2.8n-2, on the period length for the oblivious case.

KW - Algorithms and data structures

KW - Constant-memory agent

KW - Graph exploration

KW - Oblivious agent

KW - Periodic graph traversal

KW - Three-layer partition

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U2 - 10.1016/j.tcs.2012.01.035

DO - 10.1016/j.tcs.2012.01.035

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84863407606

VL - 444

SP - 60

EP - 76

JO - Theoretical Computer Science

JF - Theoretical Computer Science

SN - 0304-3975

ER -