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Parallel Submodular Function Minimization

Deeparnab Chakrabarty · Andrei Graur · Haotian Jiang · Aaron Sidford

Great Hall & Hall B1+B2 (level 1) #1815
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Thu 14 Dec 8:45 a.m. PST — 10:45 a.m. PST

Abstract: We consider the parallel complexity of submodular function minimization (SFM). We provide a pair of methods which obtain two new query versus depth trade-offs a submodular function defined on subsets of $n$ elements that has integer values between $-M$ and $M$. The first method has depth $2$ and query complexity $n^{O(M)}$ and the second method has depth $\widetilde{O}(n^{1/3} M^{2/3})$ and query complexity $O(\mathrm{poly}(n, M))$. Despite a line of work on improved parallel lower bounds for SFM, prior to our work the only known algorithms for parallel SFM either followed from more general methods for sequential SFM or highly-parallel minimization of convex $\ell_2$-Lipschitz functions. Interestingly, to obtain our second result we provide the first highly-parallel algorithm for minimizing $\ell_\infty$-Lipschitz function over the hypercube which obtains near-optimal depth for obtaining constant accuracy.

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