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Dynamic State-Space Partitioning in External-Memory Graph Search

By Rong Zhou and Eric A. Hansen


State-of-the-art external-memory graph search algorithms rely on a hash function, or equivalently, a state-space projection function, that partitions the stored nodes of the state-space search graph into groups of nodes that are stored as separate files on disk. The scalability and efficiency of the search depends on properties of the partition: whether the number of unique nodes in a file always fits in RAM, the number of files into which the nodes of the state-space graph are partitioned, and how well the partitioning of the state space captures local structure in the graph. All previous work relies on a static partitioning of the state space. In this paper, we introduce a method for dynamic partitioning of the state-space search graph and show that it leads to substantial improvement of search performance.

Year: 2010
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