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The Fault Detection Problem
Citation key HK-TFDP-09
Author Haeberlen, Andreas and Kuznetsov, Petr
Title of Book Principles of Distributed Systems – Proceedings of the 13th International Conference On Principle Of Distributed Systems (OPODIS '09)
Pages 99–114
Year 2009
ISBN 978-3-642-10876-1
ISSN 0302-9743
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-10877-8_10
Location Nimes, France
Address Berlin / Heidelberg, Germany
Month December
Publisher Springer
Abstract One of the most important challenges in distributed computing is ensuring that services are correct and available despite faults. Recently it has been argued that fault detection can be factored out from computation, and that a generic fault detection service can be a useful abstraction for building distributed systems. However, while fault detection has been extensively studied for crash faults, little is known about detecting more general kinds of faults. This paper explores the power and the inherent costs of generic fault detection in a distributed system. We propose a formal framework that allows us to partition the set of all faults that can possibly occur in a distributed computation into several fault classes. Then we formulate the fault detection problem for a given fault class, and we show that this problem can be solved for only two specific fault classes, namely omission faults and commission faults. Finally, we derive tight lower bounds on the cost of solving the problem for these two classes in asynchronous message-passing systems.
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