Ephemeral networks with random availability of links: Diameter and connectivity

Eleni C. Akrida, George B. Mertzios, Leszek Ga̧sieniec, Paul G. Spirakis

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In this work we consider temporal networks, the links of which are available only at random times (randomly available temporal networks). Our networks are ephemeral: their links appear sporadically, only at certain times, within a given maximum time (lifetime of the net). More specifically, our temporal networks notion concerns networks, whose edges (arcs) are assigned one or more random discrete-time labels drawn from a set of natural numbers. The labels of an edge indicate the discrete moments in time at which the edge is available. In such networks, information (e.g., messages) have to follow temporal paths, i.e., paths, the edges of which are assigned a strictly increasing sequence of labels. We first examine a very hostile network: a clique, each edge of which is known to be available only one random time in the time period {1,2,⋯, n} (n is the number of vertices). How fast can a vertex send a message to all other vertices in such a network? To answer this, we define the notion of the Temporal Diameter for the random temporal clique and prove that it is T(log n) with high probability and in expectation. In fact, we show that information dissemination is very fast with high probability even in this hostile network with regard to availability. This result is similar to the results for the random phone-call model. Our model, though, is weaker. Our availability assumptions are different and randomness is provided only by the input. We show here that the temporal diameter of the clique is crucially affected by the clique's lifetime, a, e.g., when a is asymptotically larger than the number of vertices, n, then the temporal diameter must be Ω(a/n log n). We, then, consider the least number, r, of random points in time at which an edge is available, in order to guarantee at least a temporal path between any pair of vertices of the network (notice that the clique is the only network for which just one instance of availability per edge, even non-random, suffices for this). We show that r is Ω(log n) even for some networks of diameter 2. Finally, we compare this cost to an (optimal) deterministic allocation of labels of availability that guarantees a temporal path between any pair of vertices. For this reason, we introduce the notion of the Price of Randomness and we show an upper bound for general networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSPAA 2014 - Proceedings of the 26th ACM Symposium on Parallelism in Algorithms and Architectures
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781450328210
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event26th ACM Symposium on Parallelism in Algorithms and Architectures, SPAA 2014 - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: Jun 23 2014Jun 25 2014

Publication series

NameAnnual ACM Symposium on Parallelism in Algorithms and Architectures


Conference26th ACM Symposium on Parallelism in Algorithms and Architectures, SPAA 2014
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic


  • Availability
  • Diameter
  • Random input
  • Temporal networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Hardware and Architecture


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