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Remote-Spanners: What to Know beyond Neighbors

Philippe Jacquet
Laurent Viennot


Motivated by the fact that neighbors are generally known in practical routing algorithms, we introduce the notion of remote-spanner. Given an unweighted graph $G$, a sub-graph $H$ with vertex set $V(H)=V(G)$ is an \emph{$(\a,\b)$-remote-spanner} if for each pair of points $u$ and $v$ the distance between $u$ and $v$ in $H_u$, the graph $H$ augmented by all the edges between $u$ and its neighbors in $G$, is at most $\a$ times the distance between $u$ and $v$ in $G$ plus $\b$. We extend this definition to $k$-connected graphs by considering minimum length sum over $k$ disjoint paths as distance. We then say that an $(\a,\b)$-remote-spanner is \emph{$k$-connecting }. In this paper, we give distributed algorithms for computing $(1+\eps,1-2\eps)$-remote-spanners for any $\eps>0$, $k$-connecting $(1,0)$-remote-spanners for any $k\ge 1$ (yielding $(1,0)$-remote-spanners for $k=1$) and $2$-connecting $(2,-1)$-remote-spanners. All these algorithms run in constant time for any unweighted input graph. The number of edges obtained for $k$-connecting $(1,0)$-remote-spanner is within a logarithmic factor from optimal (compared to the best $k$-connecting $(1,0)$-remote-spanner of the input graph). Interestingly, sparse $(1,0)$-remote-spanners (i.e. preserving exact distances) with $O(n^{4/3})$ edges exist in random unit disk graphs. The number of edges obtained for $(1+\eps,1-2\eps)$-remote-spanners and $2$-connecting $(2,-1)$-remote-spanners is linear if the input graph is the unit ball graph of a doubling metric (distances between nodes are unknown). Our methodology consists in characterizing remote-spanners as sub-graphs containing the union of small depth tree sub-graphs dominating nearby nodes. This leads to simple local distributed algorithms.


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Philippe Jacquet, Laurent Viennot. Remote-Spanners: What to Know beyond Neighbors. [Research Report] RR-6679, INRIA. 2008, pp.22. ⟨inria-00329347⟩
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