Issue No.02 - March/April (2012 vol.9)
Martin Hutle , Fraunhofer AISEC, Munich
Nuno Santos , École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne
Fatemeh Borran , École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/TDSC.2011.48
Consensus is one of the key problems in fault-tolerant distributed computing. Although the solvability of consensus is now a well-understood problem, comparing different algorithms in terms of efficiency is still an open problem. In this paper, we address this question for round-based consensus algorithms using communication predicates, on top of a partial synchronous system that alternates between good and bad periods (synchronous and nonsynchronous periods). Communication predicates together with the detailed timing information of the underlying partially synchronous system provide a convenient and powerful framework for comparing different consensus algorithms and their implementations. This approach allows us to quantify the required length of a good period to solve a given number of consensus instances. With our results, we can observe several interesting issues, such as the number of rounds of an algorithm is not necessarily a good metric for its performance.
Distributed systems, fault tolerance, distributed algorithms, round-based model, consensus, system modeling.
Martin Hutle, Nuno Santos, Fatemeh Borran, "Quantitative Analysis of Consensus Algorithms", IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, vol.9, no. 2, pp. 236-249, March/April 2012, doi:10.1109/TDSC.2011.48