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Implementing Hirschberg's PRAM-Algorithm for Connected Components on a Global Cellular Automaton

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Implementing Hirschberg's PRAM-Algorithm for Connected Components on a Global Cellular Automaton
The GCA (Global Cellular Automata) model consists of a collection of cells which change their states synchronously depending on the states of their neighbors like in the classical CA model. In differentiation to the CA model the neighbors are not fixed and local, they are variable and global. The GCA model is applicable to a wide range of parallel algorithms, and it can be implemented on reconfigurable hardware. We discuss the GCA implementation of PRAM algorithms, exemplified by the algorithm of Hirschberg et al., which determines the connected components of a given undirected graph. Insights are that efficient mappings of PRAM algorithms onto GCA exist, and that PRAM and GCA optimality criteria differ because the latter takes memory consumption into account. This makes the GCA a parallel computational model and an implementation platform, thus narrowing the gap between theory and practice.
Johannes Jendrsczok, Rolf Hoffmann, Jörg Kell
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Year 2007
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Authors Johannes Jendrsczok, Rolf Hoffmann, Jörg Keller
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