Optimistic Virtual Synchrony

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Optimistic Virtual Synchrony
Group communication systems are powerful building blocks that facilitate the development of fault-tolerant distributed applications. Such systems generally run in an asynchronous fault-prone environment, and provide semantics (called Virtual Synchrony) that mask the asynchrony and unreliability of the environment. In order to implement Virtual Synchrony semantics, group communication systems typically impose blocking periods during which applications are not allowed to send messages. This paper presents a novel form of group communication, Optimistic Virtual Synchrony (OVS). OVS allows applications to send messages during periods in which existing group communication services block, by making optimistic assumptions on the network connectivity. OVS allows applications to determine the policy as to when messages sent optimistically should be delivered and when they should be discarded. Thus, OVS gives applications ne-grain control over the speci c semantics they require, and does not im...
Jeremy B. Sussman, Idit Keidar, Keith Marzullo
Added 01 Aug 2010
Updated 01 Aug 2010
Type Conference
Year 2000
Where SRDS
Authors Jeremy B. Sussman, Idit Keidar, Keith Marzullo
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