Group renaming

Yehuda Afek, Iftah Gamzu, Irit Levy, Michael Merritt, Gadi Taubenfeld

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review


We study the group renaming task, which is a natural generalization of the renaming task. An instance of this task consists of n processors, partitioned into m groups, each of at most g processors. Each processor knows the name of its group, which is in { 1,..., M }. The task of each processor is to choose a new name for its group such that processors from different groups choose different new names from {1,..., ℓ}, where ℓ<∈M. We consider two variants of the problem: a tight variant, in which processors of the same group must choose the same new group name, and a loose variant, in which processors from the same group may choose different names. Our findings can be briefly summarized as follows: 1 We present an algorithm that solves the tight variant of the problem with ≲=∈2m∈-∈1 in a system consisting of g-consensus objects and atomic read/write registers. In addition, we prove that it is impossible to solve this problem in a system having only (g∈-∈1)-consensus objects and atomic read/write registers. 1 We devise an algorithm for the loose variant of the problem that only uses atomic read/write registers, and has. The algorithm also guarantees that the number of different new group names chosen by processors from the same group is at most. Furthermore, we consider the special case when the groups are uniform in size and show that our algorithm is self-adjusting to have ℓ=∈m (m∈+∈1) / 2, when, and, otherwise.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-72
Number of pages15
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science
Volume5401 LNCS
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event12th International Conference on Principles of Distributed Systems, OPODIS 2008 - Luxor, Egypt
Duration: 15 Dec 200818 Dec 2008


Dive into the research topics of 'Group renaming'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this