I/O-efficient algorithms on near-planar graphs

H.J. Haverkort, L. Toma

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Obtaining I/O-efficient algorithms for basic graph problems on sparse directed graphs has been a long-standing open problem. The best known algorithms for most basic problems on such graphs still require O (V ) I/Os in the worst case, where V is the number of vertices in the graph. Nevertheless optimal O(sort(V )) I/O algorithms are known for special classes of sparse graphs, like planar graphs and grid graphs. It is hard to accept that a problem becomes difficult as soon as the graph contains a few deviations from planarity. In this paper we extend the class of graphs on which basic graph problems can be solved I/O-efficiently. We discuss several ways to transform graphs that are almost planar into planar graphs (given a suitable drawing), and based on those transformations we obtain the first I/O-efficient algorithms for directed graphs that are almost planar. Let G be a directed graph that is given as a planar subgraph (V; E) and a set of additional edges EC. Our main result is a single-source-shortest-paths algorithm that runs in O(EC + sort(V + EC)) I/Os. When EC is small our algorithm is a significant improvement over the best previously known algorithms, which required (V ) I/Os. Alternatively, when G is given with a drawing with T crossings, we can compute single-source shortest paths in O(sort(V + T)) I/Os. We obtain similar bounds for computing (strongly) connected components, breadth-first and depth-first traversals and topological ordering.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-532
JournalJournal of Graph Algorithms and Applications
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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