Revision #1 Authors: Nathanaël François, Frederic Magniez

Accepted on: 7th October 2012 17:46

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This work is in the line of designing efficient checkers for testing the reliability of some massive data structures. Given a sequential access to the insert/extract operations on such a structure, one would like to decide, a posteriori only, if it corresponds to the evolution of a reliable structure. In a context of massive data, one would like to minimize both the amount of reliable memory of the checker and the number of passes on the sequence of operations.

Chu, Kannan and McGregor initiated the study of checking priority queues in this setting. They showed that use of timestamps allows to check a priority queue with a single pass and memory space $O(\sqrt{N})$, up to a polylogarithmic factor. Later, Chakrabarti, Cormode, Kondapally and McGregor removed the use of timestamps, and proved that more passes do not help.

We show that, even in the presence of timestamps, more passes do not help, solving a previously open problem. On the other hand, we show that a second pass, but in reverse direction, shrinks the memory space to $O((\log N )^2 )$, extending a phenomenon the first time observed by Magniez, Mathieu and Nayak for checking well-parenthesized expressions.

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TR12-128 Authors: Nathanaël François, Frederic Magniez

Publication: 5th October 2012 16:40

Downloads: 2264

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This work is in the line of designing efficient checkers for testing the reliability of some massive data structures. Given a sequential access to the insert/extract operations on such a structure, one would like to decide, a posteriori only, if it corresponds to the evolution of a reliable structure. In a context of massive data, one would like to minimize both the amount of reliable memory of the checker and the number of passes on the sequence of operations.

Chu, Kannan and McGregor initiated the study of checking priority queues in this setting. They showed that use of timestamps allows to check a priority queue with a single pass and memory space $O(\sqrt{N})$, up to a polylogarithmic factor. Later, Chakrabarti, Cormode, Kondapally and McGregor removed the use of timestamps, and proved that more passes do not help.

We show that, even in the presence of timestamps, more passes do not help, solving a previously open problem. On the other hand, we show that a second pass, but in reverse direction, shrinks the memory space to $O((\log N )^2 )$, extending a phenomenon the first time observed by Magniez, Mathieu and Nayak for checking well-parenthesized expressions.