The Kautz graph \( K_{M}^{{N+1}} \) is a directed graph of degree M and dimension N+1, which has \( (M+1)M^{{N}} \) vertices labeled by all possible strings \( s_{0}\cdots s_{N} \) of length N+1 which are composed of characters \( s_{i} \) chosen from an alphabet A containing M+1 distinct symbols, subject to the condition that adjacent characters in the string cannot be equal ( \( s_{i}\neq s_{{i+1}} \) ).

The Kautz graph \( K_{M}^{{N+1}} \) has \( (M+1)M^{{N+1}} \) edges

\( \{(s_{0}s_{1}\cdots s_{N},s_{1}s_{2}\cdots s_{N}s_{{N+1}})|\;s_{i}\in A\;s_{i}\neq s_{{i+1}}\}\, \)

It is natural to label each such edge of \( K_{M}^{{N+1}} \) as \( s_{0}s_{1}\cdots s_{{N+1}}, giving a one-to-one correspondence between edges of the Kautz graph \( K_{M}^{{N+1}} \) and vertices of the Kautz graph \( K_{M}^{{N+2}}. \)

Kautz graphs are closely related to De Bruijn graphs.


For a fixed degree M and number of vertices \( V=(M+1)M^{N} \), the Kautz graph has the smallest diameter of any possible directed graph with V vertices and degree M.
All Kautz graphs have Eulerian cycles. (An Eulerian cycle is one which visits each edge exactly once—This result follows because Kautz graphs have in-degree equal to out-degree for each node)
All Kautz graphs have a Hamiltonian cycle (This result follows from the correspondence described above between edges of the Kautz graph \( K_{M}^{{N}} \) and vertices of the Kautz graph \( K_{M}^{{N+1}} \) ; a Hamiltonian cycle on \( K_{M}^{{N+1}} \) is given by an Eulerian cycle on \( K_{M}^{{N}}) \)
A degree- k Kautz graph has k disjoint paths from any node x to any other node y.

In computing

The Kautz graph has been used as a network topology for connecting processors in high-performance computing[1] and fault-tolerant computing[2] applications: such a network is known as a Kautz network.

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