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Issue No.04 - October-December (2009 vol.6)
pp: 269-281
Dahlia Malkhi , Microsoft Research
Martin Hutle , EPFL Vienna University of Technology, Vienna
Lidong Zhou , Microsoft Research
ABSTRACT
Aguilera et al. and Malkhi et al. presented two system models, which are weaker than all previously proposed models where the eventual leader election oracle Ω can be implemented, and thus, consensus can also be solved. The former model assumes unicast steps and at least one correct process with f outgoing eventually timely links, whereas the latter assumes broadcast steps and at least one correct process with f bidirectional but moving eventually timely links. Consequently, those models are incomparable. In this paper, we show that Ω can also be implemented in a system with at least one process with f outgoing moving eventually timely links, assuming either unicast or broadcast steps. It seems to be the weakest system model that allows to solve consensus via Ω-based algorithms known so far. We also provide matching lower bounds for the communication complexity of Ω in this model, which are based on an interesting “stabilization property” of infinite runs. Those results reveal a fairly high price to be paid for this further relaxation of synchrony properties.
INDEX TERMS
Distributed systems, failure detectors, fault-tolerant distributed consensus, system modeling, partial synchrony.
CITATION
Dahlia Malkhi, Martin Hutle, Lidong Zhou, "Chasing the Weakest System Model for Implementing Ω and Consensus", IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, vol.6, no. 4, pp. 269-281, October-December 2009, doi:10.1109/TDSC.2008.24
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