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Lower bounds on systolic gossip

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2 Author(s)
Flammini, M. ; Dipartimento di Matematica, Univ. of l''Aquila, Italy ; Perennes, S.

Gossiping is an information dissemination process in which each processor has a distinct item of information and has to collect all the items possessed by the other processors. We derive lower bounds on the gossiping time of systolic protocols, i.e. constituted by a periodic repetition of simple communication steps. In particular if we denote by n the number of processors in the network, then for directed networks and for undirected networks in the half-duplex mode any s-systolic gossip protocol takes at least g(s) log2 n time steps, where g(4)=1.8133, g(6)=1.5310 and g(8)=1.4721. For the case s=4 this result is improved to 2.0218 log2 n for directed butterflies of degree 2 and we show that the 2.0218 log2 n and 1.8133 log 2 n lower bounds hold also respectively for undirected Butterfly and de Bruijn networks of degree 2 in the full-duplex case. Our results are obtained by means of new technique relying on two novel concepts in the field: the notion of delay digraph of a systolic protocol and the use of matrix norm methods

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Parallel Processing Symposium, 1997. Proceedings., 11th International

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1-5 Apr 1997