Accession Number : ADA264352
Title : Virtually-Synchronous Communication Based on a Weak Failure Suspector
Descriptive Note : Special technical rept.
Corporate Author : CORNELL UNIV ITHACA NY DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
Personal Author(s) : Schiper, Andre ; Ricciardi, Aleta
Report Date : 28 Apr 1993
Pagination or Media Count : 24
Abstract : Failure detectors (or, more accurately Failure Suspectors - FS) appear to be a fundamental service upon which to build fault-tolerant, distributed applications. This paper shows that a FS with very weak semantics (i.e. that delivers failure and recovery information in no specific order) suffices to implement virtually-synchronous communication (VSC) in an asynchronous system subject to process crash failures and network partitions. The VSC paradigm is particularly useful in asynchronous systems and greatly simplifies building fault-tolerant applications that mask failures by replicating processes. We suggest a three-component architecture to implement virtually-synchronous communication: (1) at the lowest level, the FS component; on top of it, (2a) a component that defines new views, and (2b) a component that reliably multicasts messages within a view. The issues covered in this paper also lead to a better understanding of the various membership service semantics proposed in recent literature.
Descriptors : *DETECTORS , *ASYNCHRONOUS SYSTEMS , *FAULT TOLERANCE , RECOVERY , NETWORKS , MASKS , FAULTS , CRASHES , SEMANTICS , BUILDINGS , FAILURE , ARCHITECTURE
Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
Infrared Detection and Detectors
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE