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From Jay Hutfles <>
Subject Re: Network flow problems in Giraph
Date Thu, 18 Apr 2013 14:41:25 GMT
Actually, I think a max flow problem fits exactly with the batch processing
model you describe.  You are given a massive graph (with predefined maximum
flows along the edges between vertices), you run a program, it produces an
output (i.e. the flow along each edge) and it terminates.  It's not
necessarily adapting to any new inputs as it runs.  But it is an iterative
process.  Or, at least, many algorithms are.

I don't see it as being that different from Djikstra's Method for finding
the shortest distance between two nodes on a graph.  Each super step is
updating the labels along the graph, and when all notes are labelled as
done, the algorithm finishes.  A max flow problem could be implemented
likewise, since there are labeling algorithms for determining the max flow
along a graph.

See, specifically the
Solutions section.  I think it should help clarify.

On Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 9:16 AM, André Kelpe

> Hi Jay,
> this sounds like a continuous operation to me. Giraph is meant for
> batch processing of massive graphs, which produces an output after a
> successful run. You run a program, it produces an output, it
> terminates. From what I understand, a stream processing framework like
> storm ( could be a
> better fit for this. Please let me know, if I am missing something.
> André
> 2013/4/18 Jay Hutfles <>:
> > I'm new to Giraph, but am interested in its applications to classic
> network
> > flow problems, specifically max flow or min cost problems.  I've looked
> for
> > BSP implementations of algorithms for these problems, but I can't find
> any
> > discussion regarding this online.  Has anyone had luck implementing such
> > problems?
> >
> >
> > The max flow problem seems like it should be adaptable to the BSP model.
> > The flow augmenting algorithm developed by Ford and Fulkerson is
> > essentially:
> >
> > while the graph contains a path over which flow could be increased,
> >    increase flow for arcs on the path
> >
> > Identifying the flow augmenting paths is a simple labeling algorithm, but
> > I'm not sure how I'd implement the "while the graph contains ..."
> condition.
> > Is that a super step above the labeling algorithm's super steps?
> >
> >
> > And I have no idea how to start the min cost algorithm.  Anyone have
> ideas
> > for how to formulate this?
> >
> > Thanks for your time, and for the great work on Giraph!

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