G. Cormode, M. Mitzenmacher, and J. Thaler. Streaming graph computations with a helpful advisor. In European Symposium on Algorithms, 2010.

Motivated by the trend to outsource work to commercial cloud computing services, we consider a variation of the streaming paradigm where a streaming algorithm can be assisted by a powerful helper that can provide annotations to the data stream. We extend previous work on such annotation models by considering a number of graph streaming problems. Without annotations, streaming algorithms for graph problems generally require significant memory; we show that for many standard problems, including all graph problems that can be expressed with totally unimodular integer programming formulations, only constant memory is needed for single-pass algorithms given linear-sized annotations. We also obtain a protocol achieving optimal tradeoffs between annotation length and memory usage for matrix-vector multiplication; this result contributes to a trend of recent research on numerical linear algebra in streaming models.

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