The modeling flexibility provided by hypergraphs has drawn a lot of interest from the combinatorial scientific community, leading to novel models and algorithms, their applications, and development of associated tools. Hypergraphs are now a standard tool in combinatorial scientific computing. The modeling flexibility of hypergraphs however, comes at a cost: algorithms on hypergraphs are inherently more complicated than those on graphs, which sometimes translate to nontrivial increases in processing times. Neither the modeling flexibility of hypergraphs, nor the runtime efficiency of graph algorithms can be overlooked. Therefore, the new research thrust should be how to cleverly trade-off between the two. This work addresses one method for this trade-off by solving the hypergraph partitioning problem by finding vertex separators on graphs. Specifically, we investigate how to solve the hypergraph partitioning problem by seeking a vertex separator on its net intersection graph (NIG), where each net of the hypergraph is represented by a vertex, and two vertices share an edge if their nets have a common vertex. We propose a vertex-weighting scheme to attain good node-balanced hypergraphs, since NIG model cannot preserve node balancing information. Vertex-removal and vertex-splitting techniques are described to optimize cutnet and connectivity metrics, respectively, under the recursive bipartitioning paradigm. We also developed an implementation for our GPVS-based HP formulations by adopting and modifying a state-of-the-art GPVS tool onmetis. Experiments conducted on a large collection of sparse matrices confirmed the validity of our proposed techniques
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