Near-Optimal Distributed Tree Embedding

  • Mohsen Ghaffari
  • Christoph Lenzen
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-45174-8_14

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8784)
Cite this paper as:
Ghaffari M., Lenzen C. (2014) Near-Optimal Distributed Tree Embedding. In: Kuhn F. (eds) Distributed Computing. DISC 2014. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 8784. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


Tree embeddings are a powerful tool in the area of graph approximation algorithms. Essentially, they transform problems on general graphs into much easier ones on trees. Fakcharoenphol, Rao, and Talwar (FRT) [STOC’04] present a probabilistic tree embedding that transforms n-node metrics into (probability distributions over) trees, while stretching each pairwise distance by at most an O(logn) factor in expectation. This O(logn) stretch is optimal.

Khan et al. [PODC’08] present a distributed algorithm that implements FRT in O(SPD logn) rounds, where SPD is the shortest-path-diameter of the weighted graph, and they explain how to use this embedding for various distributed approximation problems. Note that SPD can be as large as Θ(n), even in graphs where the hop-diameter D is a constant. Khan et al. noted that it would be interesting to improve this complexity. We show that this is indeed possible.

More precisely, we present a distributed algorithm that constructs a tree embedding that is essentially as good as FRT in \(\tilde{O}(\min\{n^{0.5+\varepsilon },\operatorname{SPD}\}+D)\) rounds, for any constant ε > 0. A lower bound of \(\tilde{\Omega}(\min\{n^{0.5},\operatorname{SPD}\}+D)\) rounds follows from Das Sarma et al. [STOC’11], rendering our round complexity near-optimal.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohsen Ghaffari
    • 1
  • Christoph Lenzen
    • 2
  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUSA
  2. 2.MPI for InformaticsSaarbrückenGermany

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