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A Rupestrian Algorithm

Authors Giuseppe A. Di Luna, Paola Flocchini, Giuseppe Prencipe, Nicola Santoro, Giovanni Viglietta



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Giuseppe A. Di Luna
Paola Flocchini
Giuseppe Prencipe
Nicola Santoro
Giovanni Viglietta

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Giuseppe A. Di Luna, Paola Flocchini, Giuseppe Prencipe, Nicola Santoro, and Giovanni Viglietta. A Rupestrian Algorithm. In 8th International Conference on Fun with Algorithms (FUN 2016). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 49, pp. 14:1-14:20, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2016)
https://doi.org/10.4230/LIPIcs.FUN.2016.14

Abstract

Deciphering recently discovered cave paintings by the Astracinca, an egalitarian leaderless society flourishing in the 3rd millennium BCE, we present and analyze their shamanic ritual for forming new colonies. This ritual can actually be used by systems of anonymous mobile finite-state computational entities located and operating in a grid to solve the line recovery problem, a task that has both self-assembly and flocking requirements. The protocol is totally decentralized, fully concurrent, provably correct, and time optimal.
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  • mobile finite-state machines
  • self-healing distributed algorithms

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