Distributed reconfiguration of maximal independent sets

Keren Censor-Hillel, Mikaël Rabie

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In this paper, we investigate a distributed maximal independent set (MIS) reconfiguration problem, in which there are two maximal independent sets for which every node is given its membership status, and the nodes need to communicate with their neighbors in order to find a reconfiguration schedule that switches from the first MIS to the second. Such a schedule is a list of independent sets that is restricted by forbidding two neighbors to change their membership status at the same step. In addition, these independent sets should provide some covering guarantee. We show that obtaining an actual MIS (and even a 3-dominating set) in each intermediate step is impossible. However, we provide efficient solutions when the intermediate sets are only required to be independent and 4-dominating, which is almost always possible, as we fully characterize. Consequently, our goal is to pin down the tradeoff between the possible length of the schedule and the number of communication rounds. We prove that a constant length schedule can be found in O(MIS + R32) rounds, where MIS is the complexity of finding an MIS in a worst-case graph and R32 is the complexity of finding a (3, 2)-ruling set. For bounded degree graphs, this is O(log n) rounds and we show that it is necessary. On the other extreme, we show that with a constant number of rounds we can find a linear length schedule.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication46th International Colloquium on Automata, Languages, and Programming, ICALP 2019
EditorsIoannis Chatzigiannakis, Christel Baier, Stefano Leonardi, Paola Flocchini
PublisherSchloss Dagstuhl-Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik
ISBN (Electronic)9783959771092
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Colloquium on Automata, Languages and Programming - Patras, Greece
Duration: 8 Jul 201912 Jul 2019
Conference number: 46

Publication series

NameLeibniz international proceedings in informatics
PublisherSchloss Dagstuhl- Leibniz-Zentrum fur Informatik GmbH, Dagstuhl Publishing
ISSN (Print)1868-8969


ConferenceInternational Colloquium on Automata, Languages and Programming
Abbreviated titleICALP


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