# SEARCH

# ISTC-CC NEWSLETTER

# RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

Ling Liu's SC13 paper "Large Graph Processing Without the Overhead" featured by HPCwire.

ISTC-CC provides a listing of useful benchmarks for cloud computing.

Another list highlighting Open Source Software Releases.

Second GraphLab workshop should be even bigger than the first! GraphLab is a new programming framework for graph-style data analytics.

# ISTC-CC Abstract

## Sequential Random Permutation, List Contraction and Tree Contraction are Highly Parallel

*SODA 2015. January 4-6, 2015, San Diego, CA. *

**Julian Shun, Yan Gu, Guy E. Blelloch, Jeremy T. Fineman*, Phillip B. Gibbons**^

Carnegie Mellon University

* Georgetown University

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Intel Labs and Carnegie Mellon University

We show that simple sequential randomized iterative algorithms for random permutation, list contraction, and tree contraction are highly parallel. In particular, if iterations of the algorithms are run as soon as all of their dependencies have been resolved, the resulting computations have logarithmic depth (parallel time) with high probability. Our proofs make an interesting connection between the dependence structure of two of the problems and random binary trees. Building upon this analysis, we describe linear-work, polylogarithmic-depth algorithms for the three problems. Although asymptotically no better than the many prior parallel algorithms for the given problems, their advantages include very simple and fast implementations, and returning the same result as the sequential algorithm. Experiments on a 40-core machine show reasonably good performance relative to the sequential algorithms.

**FULL PAPER: pdf**