Parallel Exhaustive Search without Coordination - Inria - Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies du numérique Access content directly
Conference Papers Year : 2016

Parallel Exhaustive Search without Coordination


We analyze parallel algorithms in the context of exhaustive search over totally ordered sets. Imagine an infinite list of " boxes " , with a " treasure " hidden in one of them, where the boxes' order reflects the importance of finding the treasure in a given box. At each time step, a search protocol executed by a searcher has the ability to peek into one box, and see whether the treasure is present or not. Clearly, the best strategy of a single searcher would be to open the boxes one by one, in increasing order. Moreover, by equally dividing the workload between them, k searchers can trivially find the treasure k times faster than one searcher. However, this straightforward strategy is very sensitive to failures (e.g., crashes of processors), and overcoming this issue seems to require a large amount of communication. We therefore address the question of designing parallel search algorithms maximizing their speed-up and maintaining high levels of robustness, while minimizing the amount of resources for coordination. Based on the observation that algorithms that avoid communication are inherently robust, we focus our attention on identifying the best running time performance of non-coordinating algorithms. Specifically, we devise non-coordinating algorithms that achieve a speed-up of 9/8 for two searchers, a speed-up of 4/3 for three searchers, and in general, a speed-up of k 4 (1 + 1/k) 2 for any k ≥ 1 searchers. Thus, asymptotically, the speed-up is only four times worse compared to the case of full-coordination. Moreover, these bounds are tight in a strong sense as no non-coordinating search algorithm can achieve better speed-ups. Furthermore , our algorithms are surprisingly simple and hence applicable. Overall, we highlight that, in faulty contexts in which coordination between the searchers is technically difficult to implement, intrusive with respect to privacy, and/or costly in term of resources, it might well be worth giving up on coordination, and simply run our non-coordinating exhaustive search algorithms.
Fichier principal
Vignette du fichier
Treasure-submitted-STOC.pdf (211.96 Ko) Télécharger le fichier
Origin : Files produced by the author(s)

Dates and versions

hal-01393646 , version 1 (07-11-2016)



Pierre Fraigniaud, Amos Korman, Yoav Rodeh. Parallel Exhaustive Search without Coordination. STOC 2016: 48th Annual Symposium on the Theory of Computing, Jun 2016, Cambridge, MA, United States. ⟨10.1145/2897518.2897541⟩. ⟨hal-01393646⟩
264 View
93 Download



Gmail Facebook X LinkedIn More