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In this paper, we present a randomized algorithm for the multipacket (i.e., k - k) routing problem on an n x n mesh. The algorithm competes with high probability in at most kn + O(k log n) parallel communication steps, with a constant queue size of O(k). The previous best known algorithm  takes [5/4] kn + O([kn/f(n)]) steps with a queue size of O(k f(n)) (for any 1 ≤ f (n) ≤ n). We will also present a randomized algorithm for the wormhole model permutation routing problem for the mesh that completes in at the most kn + O(k log n) steps, with a constant queue size of O(k), where k is the number of flits that each packet is divided into. The previous best result  was also randomized and had a time bound of kn + O ([kn/f(n)]) with a queue size of O(k f(n)) for any 1 ≤ f(n). The two algorithms that we will present are optimal with respect to queue size. The time bounds are within a factor of two of the only known lower bound.
Sanguthevar Rajasekaran and Mukund Raghavachari, "Optimal Randomized Algorithms for Multipacket and Wormhole Routing on the Mesh", . May 1991.
Date Posted: 30 July 2007