On the Cost of Persistence and Authentication in Skip Lists

TitleOn the Cost of Persistence and Authentication in Skip Lists
Publication TypeBook Chapters
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsGoodrich MT, Papamanthou C, Tamassia R
EditorDemetrescu C
Book TitleExperimental Algorithms
Series TitleLecture Notes in Computer Science
Pagination94 - 107
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
ISBN Number978-3-540-72844-3, 978-3-540-72845-0
KeywordsAlgorithm Analysis and Problem Complexity, algorithms, Computer Graphics, Data structures, Discrete Mathematics in Computer Science, Numeric Computing

We present an extensive experimental study of authenticated data structures for dictionaries and maps implemented with skip lists. We consider realizations of these data structures that allow us to study the performance overhead of authentication and persistence. We explore various design decisions and analyze the impact of garbage collection and virtual memory paging, as well. Our empirical study confirms the efficiency of authenticated skip lists and offers guidelines for incorporating them in various applications.