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On Deterministic Rendezvous at a Node of Agents with Arbitrary Velocities

Abstract

We consider the task of rendezvous in networks modeled as undirected graphs. Two mobile agents with different labels, starting at different nodes of an anonymous graph, have to meet. This task has been considered in the literature under two alternative scenarios: weak and strong. Under the weak scenario, agents may meet either at a node or inside an edge. Under the strong scenario, they have to meet at a node, and they do not even notice meetings inside an edge. Rendezvous algorithms under the strong scenario are known for synchronous agents. For asynchronous agents, rendezvous under the strong scenario is impossible even in the two-node graph, and hence only algorithms under the weak scenario were constructed. In this paper we show that rendezvous under the strong scenario is possible for agents with asynchrony restricted in the following way: agents have the same measure of time but the adversary can impose, for each agent and each edge, the speed of traversing this edge by this agent. The speeds may be different for different edges and different agents but all traversals of a given edge by a given agent have to be at the same imposed speed. We construct a deterministic rendezvous algorithm for such agents, working in time polynomial in the size of the graph, in the length of the smaller label, and in the largest edge traversal time.

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hal-01701786 , version 1 (06-02-2018)

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Sébastien Bouchard, Yoann Dieudonné, Franck Petit, Andrzej Pelc. On Deterministic Rendezvous at a Node of Agents with Arbitrary Velocities. Information Processing Letters, 2018, 133, pp.39 - 43. ⟨10.1016/j.ipl.2018.01.003⟩. ⟨hal-01701786⟩
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