Algorithms for the Balanced Edge Partitioning Problem


We consider the problem of minimizing communication overhead while balancing load across cooperative agents. In the past, similar problems have been modeled as the balanced node partitioning problem, where the objective is to partition the nodes into components such that each component has roughly the same number of nodes while the number of edges connecting components is minimized. We describe some real-world scenarios where one needs to find partitions in which all components have an approximately equal number of edges, while minimizing the number of edges connecting components. We introduce the (k, r)-BALANCED EDGE PARTITIONING problem to model this type of scenario and present approximation algorithms for this problem on certain graphs. In addition, we present five heuristics for the restricted case of the problem. We evaluate these heuristics on three kinds of graphs: power network-like graphs, preferential attachment graphs, and the class of spatial preferential attachment graphs that we introduce in this paper. Our results show that the choice of the heuristic with the best results depends on the properties of the input graph and the quality of our solution depends on the initial conditions.

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6th Workshop on Experimental Algorithms (WEA 2007) (2007: Jun. 6-9, Rome, Italy)


Computer Science

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Approximation Algorithms; Graph Theory; Heuristic Algorithms; Optimization; Problem Solving; Resource Allocation, Balanced Graph Partitioning; Graph Partitioning; Kernighan-Lin Heuristics, Edge Detection

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01 Jan 2007