Choosing the Right Paradigm

This section will include qualitative advise on how to select an appropriate paradigm.


If the algorithm is easily and naturally expressible in a fine-grained (vertex-centric) manner, we should express it using the vertex- and neighbor-operators as show in the previous sections. From here, we can use the following rules-of-thumb:

  • If graph does not fit in available system RAM ⇒ use the Hybrid Out-of-Core Paradigm. This combines hierarchical and asynchronous execution with out-of-core processing.
  • If graph fits in RAM:
    • If graph exhibits Power-law distribution, or has a small diameter with high out-degree vertices ⇒ use the Hierarchical Communication Reduction (HCR) Paradigm.
    • Otherwise use the KLA Paradigm:
  • If graph has a large diameter ⇒ k>1.
  • If optimal k is unknown, use the adaptive KLA paradigm.


If the algorithm is naturally expressible hierarchically, we can use the Hierarchical Paradigm.

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