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  1. Equality Function Computation(How to make simple things complicated)Nitin VaidyaUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignJoint work with Guanfeng Liang Research supported in part by National Science Foundation and Army Research Office

  2. Background

  3. Equality Function B A K-valued input K-valued input Determine whether the two inputs are identical

  4. Communication cost of an algorithm: # bits of communication required in the worst case(over all possible inputs)

  5. Communication cost of an algorithm: # bits of communication required in the worst case (over all possible inputs) • Communication complexity of a problem: Minimum communication cost over all algorithms to solve the problem [Andrew Yao, STOC 1979]

  6. Equality Function B A K-valued input K-valued input

  7. Upper Bound log K Proof by construction B A

  8. Lower Bound log K Proof by fooling set argument B A

  9. Generalization to n parties

  10. The MEQ(n,K) Problem • n nodes each given xi from {1,…,K},to check if all xi are equal • Each node i computes EQi “Everyone detects” (MEQ-ED)

  11. The MEQ(n,K) Problem • n nodes each given xi from {1,…,K},to check if all xi are equal • Each node i computes EQi “Anyone detects” (MEQ-AD)

  12. n-Node Equality Problem B A Network C

  13. Number-in-Hand Model K-valuedinput B A Broadcast Channel C Node i initially knows Xi

  14. n-Party Equality : Complexity • Broadcast channel + Number-in-hand model log K bits

  15. Number-on-Forehead Model B A Broadcast Channel C Node i initially knows everything except Xi

  16. n-Party Equality : Complexity • Broadcast channel + Number-on-forehead model 2 bits when n > 2

  17. Point-to-Point Networks Private channels & number-in-hand B A n = 3 C

  18. Upper Bound Emulate broadcast channel using p2p links  (n-1) * complexity withbroadcast channel

  19. Upper Bound = 2 log K K-valued input log K bits B A log K bits C

  20. Lower Bound = log K K-valued input B A cut log K by 2-nodelower bound identical valueat B and C C

  21. 1.5 log K Complexity 2 log K B A C Neither bound tightin general

  22. 1.5 log K Not Tight B A C K = 2 Requires at least 2 bits

  23. 2 log K Not Tight B A Proof by construction for K = 6 2 log K = log 36 C

  24. K = 6 x y A B C z

  25. Example 3 4 A B C 3

  26. Example 3 4 2 A B C 3

  27. Example 3 4 2 A B 2 C 3

  28. Example 3 4 2 A B 1 2 C 3

  29. Example 3 4 2 A B AB(4) = 2 AC(2) = 3 BC(3) = 1 1 2 C 3

  30. Communication Cost 3 log 3 = log 27 <log 36 = 2 log K Can be generalized to large K and n to yield communication cost approximately 0.92 (n-1) log K

  31. Communication Cost 3 log 3 = log 27 <log 36 = 2 log K Can be generalized to large K and n to yield communication cost approximately 0.92 (n-1) log K Cost of informing outcome to each other negligible for large K

  32. Reduce Search Space “Static” Algorithms • Node transmitting in round R &its output function in round Rpre-determined • Output… function of initial input, and history

  33. Fixed Algorithm: Directed Graph Representation y B 1, f1 4, f4 6, f6 2, f2 5, f5 A 3, f3 x C z Round number R , function f used in round R

  34. Fixed Algorithm: Directed Graph Representation y B 1, f1 4, f4 6, f6 2, f2 5, f5 A 3, f3 x C z Round number R , function f used in round R

  35. Equivalent Algorithm: Directed AcyclicGraph y B 1, f1 4, f4 6, f6 2, f2 5, f5 A 3, f3 x C z Round number R , function f used in round R

  36. Equivalent Algorithm • Acyclic graph • Output depends only on initial input B FBC FAB FAC A C

  37. Mapping to a Bipartite Graph • Each such algorithm can be mapped to a bipartite graph representation B FBC FAB FAC A C

  38. Example 1,2 3,4 5,6 AB

  39. Example 1,2 6,1 3,4 2,3 5,6 4,5 AC AB

  40. Example 1 1,2 6,1 2 3 3,4 2,3 6 4 5 5,6 4,5 AC AB

  41. Example 1 1,2 6,1 2 3 3,4 2,3 6 4 5 5,6 4,5 BC 3 2 1 AC BC AB

  42. BC assigns colors to edges 1 1,2 6,1 2 3 3,4 2,3 6 4 5 5,6 4,5 BC 3 2 1 AC BC AB

  43. U : # nodes on left V : # colors W : # nodes on right U V W 3 3 3 1 1,2 6,1 2 3 3,4 2,3 6 4 5 5,6 4,5 BC 3 2 1 AC BC AB

  44. Equality  Bipartite Graph A colored bipartite graph corresponds to a fixed algorithm for 3-node equality withcostlog UVW if and only if • distance-2 colored (strong edge coloring) • Number of edges = K • U x V ≥ K • U x W ≥ K • V x W ≥ K

  45. Fixed Algorithm Design • Find a suitable bipartite graph • Our algorithm  6-cycle

  46. Lower Bounds • The mapping can be used to prove lower bounds for small K For K = 6 • Least cost over all fixed algorithms is log 27

  47. Detour … an open conjecture A bipartite graph with • D1 = maximum degree on left • D2 = maximum degree on right can be distance-2 colored with D1 * D2 colors

  48. Why is equality interesting ?

  49. Lower Bound on Consensus • Mapping between Byzantine broadcastand multiple instances of equality