Compressing communication in distributed protocols

Yael Tauman Kalai, Ilan Komargodski*

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We show how to compress communication in distributed protocols in which parties do not have private inputs. More specifically, we present a generic method for converting any protocol in which parties do not have private inputs, into another protocol where each message is “short” while preserving the same number of rounds, the same communication pattern, the same output distribution, and the same resilience to error. Assuming that the output lies in some universe of size M, in our resulting protocol each message consists of only polylog(M,n, d) many bits, where n is the number of parties and d is the number of rounds. Our transformation works in the full information model, in the presence of either static or adaptive Byzantine faults. In particular, our result implies that for any such poly(n)-round distributed protocol which generates outputs in a universe of size poly(n), long messages are not needed, and messages of length polylog(n) suffice. In other words, in this regime, any distributed task that can be solved in the LOCAL model, can also be solved in the CONGEST model with the same round complexity and security guarantees. As a corollary, we conclude that for any poly(n)-round collective coin-flipping protocol, leader election protocol, or selection protocols, messages of length polylog(n) suffice (in the presence of either static or adaptive Byzantine faults).

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationDistributed Computing - 29th International Symposium, DISC 2015, Proceedings
EditorsYoram Moses
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783662486528
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event29th International Symposium on Distributed Computing, DISC 2015 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 7 Oct 20159 Oct 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference29th International Symposium on Distributed Computing, DISC 2015

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