SAT and CP : Parallelisation and Applications

In this thesis, we consider the parallelisation and application of SAT and CP solvers. In the first chapter, we consider SAT, the decision problem of propositional logic. We discuss details of the implementations of SAT solvers, and show how to improve upon existing sequential solvers. Furthermore, we discuss the parallelisation of these solvers with a focus on the communication of intermediate results within a parallel solver. The second chapter is concerned with Contraint Programing (CP) with learning. Contrary to classical Constraint Programming techniques, this incorporates learning mechanisms as they are used in the field of SAT solving. We present results from parallelising CHUFFED, a learning CP solver. In the final chapter, we discuss Sorting Networks, which are data oblivious sorting algorithms. Their independence of the input data lends them to parallel implementation. We consider the question how many parallel sorting steps are needed to sort some inputs, and present both lower and upper bounds for several cases.



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