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Distributed Universal Constructions: a Guided Tour

Abstract

The notion of a universal construction is central in computing science: the wheel has not to be reinvented for each new problem. In the context of n-process asynchronous distributed systems, a universal construction is an algorithm that is able to build any object defined by a sequential specification despite the occurrence of up to (n − 1) process crash failures. The aim of this paper is to present a guided tour of such universal constructions. Its spirit is not to be a catalog of the numerous constructions proposed so far, but a (as simple as possible) presentation of the basic concepts and mechanisms that constitute the basis these constructions rest on.
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hal-01397265 , version 1 (15-11-2016)
hal-01397265 , version 2 (22-11-2016)

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  • HAL Id : hal-01397265 , version 2

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Michel Raynal. Distributed Universal Constructions: a Guided Tour. [Research Report] 2040, IRISA. 2016, pp.23. ⟨hal-01397265v2⟩
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