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From "Alessandro Presta (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (GIRAPH-243) EdgeListVertex performance is sub-optimal
Date Tue, 10 Jul 2012 16:54:34 GMT


Alessandro Presta commented on GIRAPH-243:

I see your point. I would go with an Edge/EdgeWritable split because it seems more flexible
to different implementations. EdgeListVertex itself becomes much simpler without the sorting
part, efficiency aside (the trick you suggested would work too in this case, of course).

I made this change in GIRAPH-244.

> EdgeListVertex performance is sub-optimal
> -----------------------------------------
>                 Key: GIRAPH-243
>                 URL:
>             Project: Giraph
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: graph
>            Reporter: Alessandro Presta
>            Assignee: Alessandro Presta
> Iterating over outgoing edges (both vertex id and value) in an EdgeListVertex is O(n
log n): you have to iterate over getOutEdgesIterator and call getEdgeValue (which is logarithmic)
at each iteration.
> If we store the edge list as a list of Edge<I, E> (instead of the current two lists),
iteration becomes linear time (which I think is what most people expect from an adjacency-list
> Furthermore, I think we can avoid sorting the list by ID: addEdge and removeEdge are
currently linear-time because we are using an ArrayList, so the binary search doesn't help
much. If we don't sort, at least addEdge becomes amortized constant-time.
> This improvement would require an API change: getOutEdgesIterator should iterate over
Edge<I, E> as opposed to just I.
> What I propose is to have both iterators (the current one could be called getNeighborsIterator),
with a default implementation of the neighbors iterator in terms of the edges iterator, and
optimizations left to implementors (e.g. IntIntNullIntVertex).

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