Distributed D-core Decomposition over Large Directed Graphs

Xuankun Liao, Qing Liu, Jiaxin Jiang, Xin Huang, Jianliang Xu*, Byron Choi

*Corresponding author for this work

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Given a directed graph G and integers k and l, a D-core is the maximal subgraph H ⊆ G such that for every vertex of H, its in-degree and out-degree are no smaller than k and l, respectively. For a directed graph G, the problem of D-core decomposition aims to compute the non-empty D-cores for all possible values of k and l. In the literature, several peeling-based algorithms have been proposed to handle D-core decomposition. However, the peeling-based algorithms that work in a sequential fashion and require global graph information during processing are mainly designed for centralized settings, which cannot handle large-scale graphs efficiently in distributed settings. Motivated by this, we study the distributed D-core decomposition problem in this paper. We start by defining a concept called anchored coreness, based on which we propose a new H-index-based algorithm for distributed D-core decomposition. Furthermore, we devise a novel concept, namely skyline coreness, and show that the D-core decomposition problem is equivalent to the computation of skyline corenesses for all vertices. We design an efficient D-index to compute the skyline corenesses distributedly. We implement the proposed algorithms under both vertex-centric and block-centric distributed graph processing frameworks. Moreover, we theoretically analyze the algorithm and message complexities. Extensive experiments on large real-world graphs with billions of edges demonstrate the efficiency of the proposed algorithms in terms of both the running time and communication overhead.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1546–1558
Number of pages13
JournalProceedings of the VLDB Endowment
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022


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