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2010 24th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications (2010)
Perth, Australia
Apr. 20, 2010 to Apr. 23, 2010
ISSN: 1550-445X
ISBN: 978-0-7695-4018-4
pp: 206-213
This paper is on failure detectors to solve the consensus problem in asynchronous systems made up of anonymous processes prone to crash and connected by asynchronous reliable channels. Anonymity means that any two processes cannot be distinguished one from the other: they have no name and execute the same code. The paper has several contributions. It first introduces two new classes of failures detectors, denoted AP and AOmega, and presents an AP-based algorithm and an AOmega-based algorithm that solve the consensus problem despite the three computational adversaries that are asynchrony, failures and anonymity. Then, the paper shows that, in crash-prone non-anonymous systems, (a) AP and the class of perfect failure detectors denoted P) are equivalent, and (b) AOmega and the class of eventual leader failure detectors (denoted Omega) are also equivalent. Finally, the paper addresses the question of the weakest failure detector to solve consensus in an asynchronous crash-prone anonymous system. In non-anonymous systems, the class P of perfect failure detectors is strictly stronger than the class Omega of eventual leader failure detectors that has been shown to be the weakest failure detector class for consensus in asynchronous crash-prone system. Quite surprisingly, the paper shows that their anonymous counterparts cannot be compared.

F. Bonnet and M. Raynal, "Consensus in Anonymous Distributed Systems: Is There a Weakest Failure Detector?," 2010 24th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications(AINA), Perth, Australia, 2010, pp. 206-213.
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