Memory requirements for silent stabilization

Shlomi Dolev, Mohamed G. Gouda, Marco Schneider

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A stabilizing algorithm is silent if starting from an arbitrary state it converges to a global state after which the values stored in the communication registers are fixed. Many silent stabilizing algorithms have appeared in the literature. In this paper we show that there cannot exist constant memory silent stabilizing algorithms for finding the centers of a graph, electing a leader, and constructing a spanning tree. We demonstrate a lower bound of Ω(log n) bits per communication register for each of the above tasks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-462
Number of pages16
JournalActa Informatica
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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