Pebbling dynamic graphs in minimal space. (English) Zbl 0884.68096

Summary: Pebble game on dynamic graphs is studied as an abstract model of the incremental computations. Extreme explosion of the time complexity is related to small changes in the size of computational graphs. A class of dags \(\{G_n\}\) of the size \(n\) pebbleable in space \(O(n^{1/3})\) is exhibited such that the standard pebble game requires superpolynomial time in \(n\) under the restriction that the minimal space is used. Moreover, by deleting just one edge in \(\{G_n\}\) a new class of graphs is obtained for which standard pebble game needs only polynomial time in \(n\) also in the case when the minimal space is used.


68R10 Graph theory (including graph drawing) in computer science
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