We study the problem of list ranking in the parallel external memory (PEM) model. We observe an interesting dual nature for the hardness of the problem due to limited information exchange among the processors about the structure of the list, on the one hand, and its close relationship to the problem of permuting data, which is known to be hard for the external memory models, on the other hand. By carefully defining the power of the computational model, we prove a permuting lower bound in the PEM model. Furthermore, we present a stronger \Omega(log^2 N) lower bound for a special variant of the problem and for a specific range of the model parameters, which takes us a step closer toward proving a non-trivial lower bound for the list ranking problem in the bulk-synchronous parallel (BSP) and MapReduce models. Finally, we also present an algorithm that is tight for a larger range of parameters of the model than in prior work Show more
Journal / seriesComputing Research Repository (CoRR)
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Organisational unit03340 - Widmayer, Peter
NotesSee also http://e-citations.ethbib.ethz.ch/view/pub:137905.
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