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Coding for distributed computation

Schulman, Leonard J. (1994) Coding for distributed computation. In: Proceedings 1994 IEEE-IMS Workshop on Information Theory and Statistics. IEEE , Piscataway, NJ, p. 28. ISBN 0-7803-2761-6.

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The author describes analogous coding theorems for the more general, interactive, communications required in computation. In this case the bits transmitted in the protocol are not known to the processors in advance but are determined dynamically. First he shows that any interactive protocol of length T between two processors connected by a noiseless channel can be simulated, if the channel is noisy (a binary symmetric channel of capacity C), in time proportional to T 1/C, and with error probability exponentially small in T. He then shows that this result can be extended to arbitrary distributed network protocols. He shows that any distributed protocol which runs in time T on a network of degree d having noiseless communication channels, can, if the channels are in fact noisy, be simulated on that network in time proportional to T 1/C log d. The probability of failure of the protocol is exponentially small in T.

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Additional Information:© 1994 IEEE. Date of Current Version: 06 August 2002. Research supported by an NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship.
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Official Citation:Schulman, L.J.; , "Coding for distributed computation," Information Theory and Statistics, 1994. Proceedings., 1994 IEEE-IMS Workshop on , vol., no., pp.28, 27-29 Oct 1994 doi: 10.1109/WITS.1994.513866 URL:
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