The Monotone Circuit Value Problem with Bounded Genus Is in NC
We present an efficient parallel algorithm for the general Monotone Circuit Value Problem (MCVP) with n gates and an underlying graph of bounded genus k. Our algorithm generalizes a recent result by Limaye et al. who showed that MCVP with toroidal embedding (genus 1) is in NC when the input contains a toroidal embedding of the circuit. In addition to extending this result from genus 1 to any bounded genus k, and unlike the work reported by Limaye et al., we do not require a precomputed embedding to be given. Most importantly, our results imply that given a P-complete problem, it is possible to find an algorithm that makes the problem fall into NC by fixing one or more parameters. Hence, we deduce the interesting analogy: Fixed Parameter Parallelizable (FPP) is with respect to P-complete what Fixed Parameter Tractable (FPT) is with respect to NP-complete. Similar work that uses treewidth as parameter was also presented by Elberfeld et al. in .
KeywordsDirected Acyclic Graph Sink Node Vertex Cover Input Graph Layer Number
We wish to thank the anonymous referees for their valuable comments to improve the structure and presentation of this paper.
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