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Author Bazzi, Rida A. ♦ Neiger, Gil
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2001
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Crash failures ♦ Fault-tolerance ♦ Translations
Abstract The difficulty of designing fault-tolerant distributed algorithms incr eases with the severity of failures that an algorithm must tolerate, especially for systems with synchronous message passing. This paper considers methods that automatically translate algorithms tolerant of simple crash failures into ones tolerant of more severe failures. These translations simplify the design task by allowing algorithm designers to assume that processors fail only by stopping. Such translations can be quantified by two measures: $\textit{fault-tolerance},$ which is a measure of how many processors must remain correct for the translation to be correct, and $\textit{round-complexity},$ which is a measure of how the translation increases the running time of an algorithm. Understanding these translations and their limitations with respect to these measures can provide insight into the relative impact of different models of faculty behavior on the ability to provide fault-tolerant applications for systems with synchronous message passing.This paper considers translations fr om crash failures to each of the following types of more severe failures: omission to send messages; omission to send and receive messages; and totally arbitrary behavior. It shows that previously developed translaions to send-omission failures are optimal with respect to both fault-tolerance and round-complexity. It exhibits a hierarchy of translations to general (send/receive) omission failures that improves upon the fault-tolerance of previously developed translations. These translations are optimal in that they cannot be improved with respect to one measure without negatively affecting the other; that is, the hierarchy of translations is matched by corresponding hierarchy of impossibility results. The paper also gives a hierarchy of translations to arbitrary failures that improves upon the round-complexity of previously developed translations. These translations are near-optimal;
ISSN 00045411
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2001-05-01
Publisher Place New York
e-ISSN 1557735X
Journal Journal of the ACM (JACM)
Volume Number 48
Issue Number 3
Page Count 56
Starting Page 499
Ending Page 554


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Source: ACM Digital Library