Transience Bounds for Distributed Algorithms

  • Bernadette Charron-Bost
  • Matthias Függer
  • Thomas Nowak
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8053)


A large variety of distributed systems, like some classical synchronizers, routers, or schedulers, have been shown to have a periodic behavior after an initial transient phase (Malka and Rajsbaum, WDAG 1991). In fact, each of these systems satisfies recurrence relations that turn out to be linear as soon as we consider max-plus or min-plus algebra. In this paper, we give a new proof that such systems are eventually periodic and a new upper bound on the length of the initial transient phase. Interestingly, this is the first asymptotically tight bound that is linear in the system size for various classes of systems. Another significant benefit of our approach lies in the straightforwardness of arguments: The proof is based on an easy convolution lemma borrowed from Nachtigall (Math. Method. Oper. Res. 46) instead of purely graph-theoretic arguments and involved path reductions found in all previous proofs.


Destination Node Recurrence Relation Critical Node Critical Graph Initial Graph 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernadette Charron-Bost
    • 1
  • Matthias Függer
    • 2
  • Thomas Nowak
    • 1
  1. 1.CNRS, LIXÉcole polytechniqueFrance
  2. 2.ECS GroupTU WienAustria

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