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Advances in Distributed Systems: advanced distributed computing, from algorithms to systems

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Paul EzhilchelvanORCiD, Emeritus Professor Santosh Shrivastava


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In a distributed system, replication of components, such as objects, is a well known way of achieving availability. For increased availability, crashed and disconnected components must be replaced by new components on available spare nodes. This replacement results in the membership of the replicated group 'walking' over a number of machines during system operation. In this context, we address the problem of reconfiguring a group after the group as an entity has failed. Such a failure is termed a group failure which, for example, can be the crash of every component in the group or the group being partitioned into minority islands. The solution assumes crash-proof storage, and eventual recovery of crashed nodes and healing of partitions. It guarantees that (i) the number of groups reconfigured after a group failure is never more than one, and (ii) the reconfigured group contains a majority of the components which were members of the group just before the group failure occurred, so that the loss of state information due to a group failure is minimal. Though the protocol is subject to blocking, it remains efficient in terms of communication rounds and use of stable store, during both normal operations and reconfiguration after a group failure.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Ezhilchelvan PD, Shrivastava SK

Publication type: Authored Book

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Lecture notes in Computer Science

Year: 2000

Volume: 1752

Number of Pages: 508

Print publication date: 01/01/2000

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

Place Published: Berlin, New York


DOI: 10.1007/3-540-46475-1_4

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ISBN: 354067196X