Distributed Algorithms for Network Diameter and Girth

  • David Peleg
  • Liam Roditty
  • Elad Tal
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7392)


This paper considers the problem of computing the diameter D and the girth g of an n-node network in the CONGEST distributed model. In this model, in each synchronous round, each vertex can transmit a different short (say, O(logn) bits) message to each of its neighbors. We present a distributed algorithm that computes the diameter of the network in O(n) rounds. We also present two distributed approximation algorithms. The first computes a 2/3 multiplicative approximation of the diameter in \(O(D\sqrt n \log n)\) rounds. The second computes a 2 − 1/g multiplicative approximation of the girth in \(O(D+\sqrt{gn}\log n)\) rounds. Recently, Frischknecht, Holzer and Wattenhofer [11] considered these problems in the CONGEST model but from the perspective of lower bounds. They showed an \(\tilde{\Omega}(n)\) rounds lower bound for exact diameter computation. For diameter approximation, they showed a lower bound of \(\tilde{\Omega}(\sqrt n)\) rounds for getting a multiplicative approximation of Open image in new window . Both lower bounds hold for networks with constant diameter. For girth approximation, they showed a lower bound of \(\tilde{\Omega}(\sqrt n)\) rounds for getting a multiplicative approximation of Open image in new window on a network with constant girth. Our exact algorithm for computing the diameter matches their lower bound. Our diameter and girth approximation algorithms almost match their lower bounds for constant diameter and for constant girth.


Short Path Network Diameter Multiplicative Approximation Close Vertex Congest Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Peleg
    • 1
  • Liam Roditty
    • 2
  • Elad Tal
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and Applied MathematicsThe Weizmann Institute of ScienceRehovotIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceBar-Ilan UniversityRamat-GanIsrael

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