Randomized Protocols for Low-Congestion Circuit Routing in Multistage Interconnection Networks

In this paper we study randomized algorithms for circuit switching on multistage networks related to the butterfly. We devise algorithms that route messages by constructing circuits (or paths) for the messages with small congestion, dilation, and setup time. Our algorithms are based on the idea of having each message choose a route from two possibilities, a technique that has previously proven successful in simpler load balancing settings. As an application of our techniques, we propose a novel design for a data server.

Originally appeared in the Proceedings of the 30th ACM Symposium on Theory of Computing, pp. 378-388, 1998.