@inproceedings{9933,
abstract = {In this paper, we study the power and limitations of component-stable algorithms in the low-space model of Massively Parallel Computation (MPC). Recently Ghaffari, Kuhn and Uitto (FOCS 2019) introduced the class of component-stable low-space MPC algorithms, which are, informally, defined as algorithms for which the outputs reported by the nodes in different connected components are required to be independent. This very natural notion was introduced to capture most (if not all) of the known efficient MPC algorithms to date, and it was the first general class of MPC algorithms for which one can show non-trivial conditional lower bounds. In this paper we enhance the framework of component-stable algorithms and investigate its effect on the complexity of randomized and deterministic low-space MPC. Our key contributions include: 1) We revise and formalize the lifting approach of Ghaffari, Kuhn and Uitto. This requires a very delicate amendment of the notion of component stability, which allows us to fill in gaps in the earlier arguments. 2) We also extend the framework to obtain conditional lower bounds for deterministic algorithms and fine-grained lower bounds that depend on the maximum degree Δ. 3) We demonstrate a collection of natural graph problems for which non-component-stable algorithms break the conditional lower bound obtained for component-stable algorithms. This implies that, for both deterministic and randomized algorithms, component-stable algorithms are conditionally weaker than the non-component-stable ones.
Altogether our results imply that component-stability might limit the computational power of the low-space MPC model, paving the way for improved upper bounds that escape the conditional lower bound setting of Ghaffari, Kuhn, and Uitto.},
author = {Czumaj, Artur and Davies, Peter and Parter, Merav},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 2021 ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing},
isbn = {9781450385480},
location = {Virtual, Italy},
pages = {481–491},
publisher = {Association for Computing Machinery},
title = {{Component stability in low-space massively parallel computation}},
doi = {10.1145/3465084.3467903},
year = {2021},
}