Graph Algorithms for Distributed Networks

Merav Parter - CS-Lecture -
Thursday, 5.1.2017, 10:30
Room 337 Taub Bld.
MIT - EE and CS Dept.

I will describe two branches of my work related to algorithms for distributed networks. The main focus will be devoted for Fault-Tolerant (FT) Network Structures. The undisrupted operation of structures and services is a crucial requirement in modern day communication networks. As the vertices and edges of the network may occasionally fail or malfunction, it is desirable to make those structures robust against failures. FT Network Structures are low cost highly resilient structures, constructed on top of a given network, that satisfy certain desirable performance requirements concerning, e.g., connectivity, distance or capacity. We will overview some results on fault tolerant graph structures with a special focus on FT Breadth-First-Search. The second part of the talk will discuss distributed models and algorithms for large-scale networks. Towards the end, we will see some connections between distributed computing and other areas such as EE and Biology. Short Bio: ========= Merav Parter is a Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT hosted by Prof. Nancy Lynch. She received a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Weizmann Institute of Science under the guidance of Prof. David Peleg. Her thesis ''The Topology of Wireless Communication and Applications'' won the first place Feder prize award for best student work in communication technology. Parter is a Rothschild Fellow. In the past, she was a Google European Fellow in Distributed Computing, 2012. Her research interests includes fault tolerant graph structures and distributed algorithms for large networks. She is also particularly intrigued with bridging the gap between Theoretical Computer Science and applied areas such as EE and Biology.

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