We study fundamental directed graph (digraph) problems in the streaming model. An initial investigation by Chakrabarti, Ghosh, McGregor, and Vorotnikova [SODA'20] on streaming digraphs showed that while most of these problems are provably hard in general, some of them become tractable when restricted to the well-studied class of tournament graphs where every pair of nodes shares exactly one directed edge. Thus, we focus on tournaments and improve the state of the art for multiple problems in terms of both upper and lower bounds.

Our primary upper bound is a deterministic single-pass semi-streaming algorithm (using Õ(n) space for n-node graphs, where Õ(.) hides polylog(n) factors) for decomposing a tournament into strongly connected components (SCC). It improves upon the previously best-known algorithm by Baweja, Jia, and Woodruff [ITCS'22] in terms of both space and passes: for p ⩾ 1, they used (p+1) passes and Õ(n^{1+1/p}) space. We further extend our algorithm to digraphs that are close to tournaments and establish tight bounds demonstrating that the problem’s complexity grows smoothly with the "distance" from tournaments. Applying our SCC-decomposition framework, we obtain improved - and in some cases, optimal - tournament algorithms for s,t-reachability, strong connectivity, Hamiltonian paths and cycles, and feedback arc set.

On the other hand, we prove lower bounds exhibiting that some well-studied problems - such as (exact) feedback arc set and s,t-distance - remain hard (require Ω(n²) space) on tournaments. Moreover, we generalize the former problem’s lower bound to establish space-approximation tradeoffs: any single-pass (1± ε)-approximation algorithm requires Ω(n/√{ε}) space. Finally, we settle the streaming complexities of two basic digraph problems studied by prior work: acyclicity testing of tournaments and sink finding in DAGs. As a whole, our collection of results contributes significantly to the growing literature on streaming digraphs.