Latency-Optimal Walks in Replicated and Partitioned Graphs

  • Stefan Plantikow
  • Maik Jorra
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6637)


Executing walks in partitioned, distributed graphs with minimal latency requires reducing the number of network hops taken. This is especially important for graph databases that specialize on executing fast graph traversals. We present fast-forward-search, an algorithm that uses overlapping graph partitionings, i.e. replication, and parallel speculative execution to minimize the number of required network hops. We proof optimality of the algorithm, analyze storage, message, and computational overhead caused by the parallelism of fast-forward, and introduce escapicity, a metric for replica selection that helps reducing that parallelism at the price of lost optimality. Experiments for a set of smaller graphs indicate that fast-forward-search saves between 20 − 90 % of network hops depending on graph and replication factor and that escapicity outperforms classic measures of network centrality as a metric for replica selection in our scheme.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Plantikow
    • 1
  • Maik Jorra
    • 1
  1. 1.Zuse Institute BerlinBerlinGermany

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