Abstract
In this paper we study the time complexity of the singlesource reachability problem and the singlesource shortest path problem for directed unweighted graphs in the Broadcast CONGEST model. We focus on the case where the diameter D of the underlying network is constant.
We show that for the case where D = 1 there is, quite surprisingly, a very simple algorithm that solves the reachability problem in 1(!) round. In contrast, for networks with D = 2, we show that any distributed algorithm (possibly randomized) for this problem requires Omega(sqrt{n/ log{n}}) rounds. Our results therefore completely resolve (up to a small polylog factor) the complexity of the singlesource reachability problem for a wide range of diameters.
Furthermore, we show that when D = 1, it is even possible to get an almost 3  approximation for the allpairs shortest path problem (for directed unweighted graphs) in just 2 rounds. We also prove a stronger lower bound of Omega(sqrt{n}) for the singlesource shortest path problem for unweighted directed graphs that holds even when the diameter of the underlying network is 2. As far as we know this is the first lower bound that achieves Omega(sqrt{n}) for this problem.
BibTeX  Entry
@InProceedings{chechik_et_al:LIPIcs:2019:11318,
author = {Shiri Chechik and Doron Mukhtar},
title = {{Reachability and Shortest Paths in the Broadcast CONGEST Model}},
booktitle = {33rd International Symposium on Distributed Computing (DISC 2019)},
pages = {11:111:13},
series = {Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
ISBN = {9783959771269},
ISSN = {18688969},
year = {2019},
volume = {146},
editor = {Jukka Suomela},
publisher = {Schloss DagstuhlLeibnizZentrum fuer Informatik},
address = {Dagstuhl, Germany},
URL = {http://drops.dagstuhl.de/opus/volltexte/2019/11318},
URN = {urn:nbn:de:0030drops113183},
doi = {10.4230/LIPIcs.DISC.2019.11},
annote = {Keywords: Distributed algorithms, Broadcast CONGEST, distance estimation, small diameter}
}
Keywords: 

Distributed algorithms, Broadcast CONGEST, distance estimation, small diameter 
Seminar: 

33rd International Symposium on Distributed Computing (DISC 2019) 
Issue Date: 

2019 
Date of publication: 

11.10.2019 