Graph coloring is used to identify subsets of independent tasks in parallel scientific computing applications. Traditional coloring heuristics aim to reduce the number of colors used as that number also corresponds to the number of parallel steps in the application. However, if the color classes produced have a skew in their sizes, utilization of hardware resources becomes inefficient, especially for the smaller color classes. Equitable coloring is a theoretical formulation of coloring that guarantees a perfect balance among color classes, and its practical relaxation is referred to as balanced coloring. In this paper, we revisit the problem of balanced coloring in the context of parallel computing. The goal is to achieve a balanced coloring of an input graph without increasing the number of colors that an algorithm oblivious to balance would have used. We propose and study multiple heuristics that aim to achieve such a balanced coloring, present parallelization approaches for multi-core and manycore architectures, and cross-evaluate their effectiveness with respect to the quality of balance achieved and performance. Furthermore, we study the impact of the proposed balanced coloring heuristics on a concrete application - viz. parallel community detection, which is an example of an irregular application. The thorough treatment of balanced coloring presented in this paper from algorithms to application is expected to serve as a valuable resource to parallel application developers who seek to improve parallel performance of their applications using coloring.

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We propose a fast, parallel maximum clique algorithm for large sparse graphs that is designed to exploit characteristics of social and information networks. Despite clique's status as an NP-hard problem with poor approximation guarantees, our method exhibits nearly linear runtime scaling over real-world networks ranging from 1000 to 100 million nodes. In a test on a social network with 1.8 billion edges, the algorithm finds the largest clique in about 20 minutes. Key to the efficiency of our algorithm are an initial heuristic procedure that finds a large clique quickly and a parallelized branch and bound strategy with aggressive pruning tnd ordering echniques. We use the algorithm to compute the largest temporal strong components of temporal contact networks.

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We explore the interplay between

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We present new multithreaded vertex

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We discuss the design and implementation of new highly-scalable distributed-memory parallel algorithms for two prototypical graph problems, edge-weighted matching and distance-1 vertex coloring. Graph algorithms in general have low concurrency, poor data locality, and high ratio of data access to computation costs, making it challenging to achieve scalability on massively parallel machines. We overcome this challenge by employing a variety of techniques, including speculation and iteration, optimized communication, and randomization. We present preliminary results on weak and strong scalability studies conducted on an IBM Blue Gene/P machine employing up to tens of thousands of processors. The results show that the algorithms hold strong potential for computing at petascale.

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The distance-2 graph coloring problem aims at partitioning the vertex set of a graph into the fewest sets consisting of vertices pairwise at distance greater than two from each other. Its applications include derivative computation in numerical optimization and channel assignment in radio networks. We present efficient, distributed-memory, parallel heuristic algorithms for this NP-hard problem as well as for two related problems used in the computation of Jacobians and Hessians. Parallel speedup is achieved through graph partitioning, speculative (iterative) coloring, and a BSP-like organization of parallel computation. Results from experiments conducted on a PC cluster employing up to 96 processors and using large-size real-world as well as synthetically generated test graphs show that the algorithms are scalable. In terms of quality of solution, the algorithms perform remarkably well---the number of colors used by the parallel algorithms was observed to be very close to the number used by the sequential counterparts, which in turn are quite often near optimal. Moreover, the experimental results show that the parallel distance-2 coloring algorithm compares favorably with the alternative approach of solving the distance-2 coloring problem on a graph $G$ by first constructing the square graph $G^2$ and then applying a parallel distance-1 coloring algorithm on $G^2$. Implementations of the algorithms are made available via the Zoltan load-balancing library.

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We present a scalable framework for parallelizing greedy graph coloring algorithms on distributed-memory computers. The framework unifies several existing algorithms and blends a variety of techniques for creating or facilitating concurrency. The latter techniques include exploiting features of the initial data distribution, the use of speculative coloring and randomization, and a BSP-style organization of computation and communication. We experimentally study the performance of several specialized algorithms designed using the framework and implemented using MPI. The experiments are conducted on two different platforms and the test cases include large-size synthetic graphs as well as real graphs drawn from various application areas. Computational results show that implementations that yield good speedup while at the same time using about the same number of colors as a sequential greedy algorithm can be achieved by setting parameters of the framework in accordance with the size and structure of the graph being colored. Our implementation is freely available as part of the Zoltan parallel data management and load-balancing library.

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The distance-2 graph coloring problem aims at partitioning the vertex set of a graph into the fewest sets consisting of vertices pairwise at distance greater than two from each other. Application examples include numerical optimization and channel assignment. We present the first distributed-memory heuristic algorithm for this NP-hard problem. Parallel speedup is achieved through graph partitioning, speculative (iterative) coloring, and a BSP-like organization of computation. Experimental results show that the algorithm is scalable, and compares favorably with an alternative approach---solving the problem on a graph

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In large-scale parallel applications a graph coloring is often carried out to schedule computational tasks. In this paper, we describe a new distributed-memory algorithm for doing the coloring itself in parallel. The algorithm operates in an iterati ve fashion; in each round vertices are speculatively colored based on limited information, and then a set of incorrectly colored vertices, to be recolored in the next round, is identified. Parallel speedup is achieved in part by reducing the frequency of communication among processors. Experimental results on a PC cluster using up to 16 processors show that the algorithm is scalable.

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This paper presents new efficient parallel algorithms for finding approximate solutions to graph coloring problems. We consider an existing shared memory parallel graph coloring algorithm and suggest several enhancements both in terms of ordering the vertices so as to minimize cache misses, and performing vertex-to- processor assignments based on graph partitioning instead of random allocation. We report experimental results that demonstrate the performance of our algorithms on an IBM Regatta supercomputer when up to 12 processors are used. Our implementations use OpenMP for parallelization and Metis for graph partitioning. The experiments show that we get up to a 70 % reduction in runtime compared to the previous algorithm.

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We present an efficient and scalable Coarse Grained Multicomputer (CGM) coloring algorithm that colors a graph

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Matrix partitioning problems that arise in the efficient estimation of sparse Jacobians and Hessians can be modeled using variants of graph coloring problems. In a previous work, we argue that distance-2 coloring and distance-3/2 coloring [we now call this

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Finding a good graph coloring quickly is often a crucial phase in the development of efficient, parallel algorithms for many scientific and engineering applications. In this paper we consider the problem of solving the graph coloring problem itself in parallel. We present a simple and fast parallel graph coloring heuristic that is well suited for shared memory programming and yields an almost linear speedup on the PRAM model. We also present a second heuristic that improves on the number of colors used. The heuristics have been implemented using OpenMP. Experiments conducted on an SGI Cray Origin 2000 super computer using very large graphs from finite element methods and eigenvalue computations validate the theoretical run-time analysis.

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We present the first efficient parallel coloring algorithm for the Coarse Grain Multicomputer model. The algorithm uses at most

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