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Fault-containing Self-stabilizing Distributed Protocols

By Sukumar Ghosh, Arobinda Gupta, Ted Herman and Sriram V. Pemmaraju


Self-stabilization is an elegant approach for designing a class of fault-tolerant distributed protocols. A self-stabilizing protocol is guaranteed to eventually converge to a legitimate state after a transient fault. However, even a minor transient fault can cause vast disruption in the system before legitimacy is reached. This paper introduces the notion of fault-containment to address this particular weakness of self-stabilizing systems. Informally, a fault-containing self-stabilizing protocol, in addition to providing self-stabilization, contains the effects of faults. This ensures that disruption during recovery from faults, is proportional to the extent of the faults. The paper begins with a formal framework for specifying and evaluating fault-containing self-stabilizing protocols. The main result of the paper is a transformer that converts any non-reactive self-stabilizing protocol into an equivalent fault-containing self-stabilizing protocol that can repair any single fault in t..

Year: 2000
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