Redundancy in distributed proofs

Laurent Feuilloley, Pierre Fraigniaud, Juho Hirvonen, Ami Paz*, Mor Perry

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Distributed proofs are mechanisms that enable the nodes of a network to collectively and efficiently check the correctness of Boolean predicates on the structure of the network (e.g., having a specific diameter), or on objects distributed over the nodes (e.g., a spanning tree). We consider well known mechanisms consisting of two components: a prover that assigns a certificate to each node, and a distributed algorithm called a verifier that is in charge of verifying the distributed proof formed by the collection of all certificates. We show that many network predicates have distributed proofs offering a high level of redundancy, explicitly or implicitly. We use this remarkable property of distributed proofs to establish perfect tradeoffs between the size of the certificate stored at every node, and the number of rounds of the verification protocol.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
Early online date2020
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Distributed graph algorithms
  • Distributed verification
  • Nondeterminism
  • Proof-labeling schemes
  • Space-time tradeoffs


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