Scalable Data-Driven PageRank: Algorithms, System Issues, and Lessons Learned

  • Joyce Jiyoung WhangEmail author
  • Andrew Lenharth
  • Inderjit S. Dhillon
  • Keshav Pingali
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9233)


Large-scale network and graph analysis has received considerable attention recently. Graph mining techniques often involve an iterative algorithm, which can be implemented in a variety of ways. Using PageRank as a model problem, we look at three algorithm design axes: work activation, data access pattern, and scheduling. We investigate the impact of different algorithm design choices. Using these design axes, we design and test a variety of PageRank implementations finding that data-driven, push-based algorithms are able to achieve more than 28x the performance of standard PageRank implementations (e.g., those in GraphLab). The design choices affect both single-threaded performance as well as parallel scalability. The implementation lessons not only guide efficient implementations of many graph mining algorithms, but also provide a framework for designing new scalable algorithms.


Scalable computing Graph analytics PageRank Multi-threaded programming Data-driven algorithm 



This research was supported by NSF grants CCF-1117055 and CCF-1320746 to ID, and by NSF grants CNS-1111766 and XPS-1337281 to KP.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joyce Jiyoung Whang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Andrew Lenharth
    • 1
  • Inderjit S. Dhillon
    • 1
  • Keshav Pingali
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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