Abstract: We study the partially eponymous model of distributed computation, which simultaneously
generalizes the anonymous and the eponymous models. In this model, processors have
identities, which are neither necessarily all identical (as in the anonymous model) nor
necessarily unique (as in the eponymous model). In a decision problem formalized as a
relation, processors receive inputs and seek to reach outputs respecting the relation. We
focus on the partially eponymous ring, and we shall consider the computation of circularly
symmetric relations on it. We consider sets of rings where all rings in the set have the same
multiset of identity multiplicities.
We distinguish between solvability and computability: in solvability, processors are
required to always reach outputs respecting the relation; in computability, they must
do so whenever this is possible, and must otherwise report impossibility.
We present a topological characterization of solvability for a relation on a set of rings,
which can be expressed as an efficiently checkable, number-theoretic predicate.
We present a universal distributed algorithm for computing a relation on a set of
rings; it runs any distributed algorithm for constructing views, followed by local steps.
We derive, as our main result, a universal upper bound on the message complexity to
compute a relation on a set of rings; this bound demonstrates a graceful degradation
with the Least Minimum Base, a parameter indicating the degree of least possible
eponymity for a set of rings. Thereafter, we identify two cases where a relation can be
computed on a set of rings, with rings of size n, with an efficient number of O .n lg n/
messages.

Abstract: We propose a new theoretical model for passively mobile Wireless Sensor Networks, called PM, standing for Passively mobile Machines. The main modification w.r.t. the Population Protocol model [Angluin et al. 2006] is that agents now, instead of being automata, are Turing Machines. We provide general definitions for unbounded memories, but we are mainly interested in computations upper-bounded by plausible space limitations. However, we prove that our results hold for more general cases. We focus on \emph{complete interaction graphs} and define the complexity classes PMSPACE(f(n)) parametrically, consisting of all predicates that are stably computable by some PM protocol that uses O(f(n)) memory in each agent. We provide a protocol that generates unique identifiers from scratch only by using O(log n) memory, and use it to provide an exact characterization of the classes PMSPACE(f(n)) when f(n) = Ω(log n): they are precisely the classes of all symmetric predicates in NSPACE(nf(n)). As a consequence, we obtain a space hierarchy of the PM model when the memory bounds are Ω(log n). We next explore the computability of the PM model when the protocols use o(loglog n) space per machine and prove that SEM = PMSPACE(f(n)) when f(n) = o(loglog n), where SEM denotes the class of the semilinear predicates. Finally, we establish that the minimal space requirement for the computation of non-semilinear predicates is O(log log n).

Abstract: We work on an extension of the Population Protocol model of Angluin et al. that allows edges of the communication graph, G, to have states that belong to a constant size set. In this extension, the so called Mediated Population Protocol model (MPP), both uniformity and anonymity are preserved. We study here a simplified version of MPP in order to capture MPP's ability to stably compute graph properties. To understand properties of the communication graph is an important step in almost any distributed system. We prove that any graph property is not computable if we allow disconnected communication graphs. As a result, we focus on studying (at least) weakly connected communication graphs only and give several examples of computable properties in this case. To do so, we also prove that the class of computable properties is closed under complement, union and intersection operations. Node and edge parity, bounded out-degree by a constant, existence of a node with more incoming than outgoing neighbors, and existence of some directed path of length at least k=O(1) are some examples of properties whose computability is proven. Finally, we prove the existence of symmetry in two specific communication graphs and, by exploiting this, we prove that there exists no protocol, whose states eventually stabilize, to determine whether G contains some directed cycle of length 2.

Abstract: We explore the capability of a network of extremely limited computational entities to decide properties about itself or any of its subnetworks. We consider that the underlying network of the interacting entities (devices, agents, processes etc.) is modeled by an interaction graph that reflects the network’s connectivity. We examine the following two cases: First, we consider the case where the input graph is the whole interaction graph and second where it is some subgraph of the interaction graph given by some preprocessing on the network. In each case, we devise simple graph protocols that can decide properties of the input graph. The computational entities, that are called agents, are modeled as finite-state automata and run the same global graph protocol. Each protocol is a fixed size grammar, that is, its description is independent of the size (number of agents) of the network. This size is not known by the agents. We present two simple models (one for each case), the Graph Decision Mediated Population Protocol (GDMPP) and the Mediated Graph Protocol (MGP) models, similar to the Population Protocol model of Angluin et al., where each network link (edge of the interaction graph) is characterized by a state taken from a finite set. This state can be used and updated during each interaction between the corresponding agents. We provide some example protocols and some interesting properties for the two models concerning the computability of graph languages in various settings (disconnected input graphs, stabilizing input graphs). We show that the computational power within the family of all (at least) weakly-connected input graphs is fairly restricted. Finally, we give an exact characterization of the class of graph languages decidable by the MGP model in the case of complete interaction graphs: it is equal to the class of graph languages decidable by a nondeterministic Turing Machine of linear space that receives its input graph by its adjacency matrix representation.