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Optimize Max-flood algorithms bounds

In distributed algorithms, The Max Flood algorithms finds the leader in a network of processes In O(diam) time and with |E|*diam ...
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service demand in the topic of distributed systems

I am so confused about this question , imagine we have a disk that the service demands of database transactions on this disk is 0.1 sec , additionally we increase the disk speed by 40% so how service ...
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Why is a threshold determined for Byzantine Fault Tolerance of an “Asynchronous” network? (where it cannot tolerate even one faulty node)

In following answer (LINK: https://bitcoin.stackexchange.com/a/58908/41513), it has been shown that for Asynchronous Byzantine Agreement: "we cannot tolerate 1/3 or more of the nodes being ...
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Doesn't Linearizability implies Serializability?

Serializability is a concurrency scheme where the concurrent transaction is equivalent to one that executes the transactions serially. In Linearizability, Once write completes, all later reads should ...
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Arbitrary fault abstraction in 'Reliable and Secure Distributed Programming'

In the book by Cachin, Guerraoui, Rodrigues they discuss an arbitrary fault abstraction. It seems to me that this abstraction does not include crashes in its behavior. I think this because they ...
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Environmental/Economical benefits of not transmitting parts of a video?

Are there any potential environmental och economical benefits (in terms of infrastructure) derived from not transmitting video packets unless absolutely necessary or requested by the client for Media-...
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What are the correlation between Actor model and Reactive Programming

Could anyone explain the difference/relation between the Actor model and Reactive programming? It seems that they are located at different levels of abstraction - one can design the interaction ...
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Why aren’t distributed computing and/or GPU considered non-deterministic Turing machines if they can run multiple jobs at once?

So we know a nondeterministic Turing machine (NTM) is just a theoretical model of computation. They are used in thought experiments to examine the abilities and limitations of computers. Commonly used ...
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What distributed consensus algorithms don't rely on a time source?

I'm looking for information about distributed consensus algorithms that: maintain a consistent transaction log across all healthy nodes have similar high-availability properties to Paxos (i.e. not ...
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Consensus without majority

I am new to distributed computing but after a quick look at Paxos and Raft it is clear that for those algorithms to work majority of the servers should be up and running. So is it fundamental to ...
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What is the difference between masking and tolerating failures?

Distributed Systems 5ed by Coulouris says on p21-22 1.5.5 Failure handling Detecting failures: Some failures can be detected. For example, checksums can be used to detect corrupted data in a ...
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Do arbitrary/Byzantine failures include omission failures and timing failures?

Distributed Systems 5ed by Coulouris says on p68 2.4.2 Failure Models Omission Failures ... Arbitrary Failures The term arbitrary or Byzantine failure is used to describe the worst ...
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How to convert a centralized algorithm to a distributed algorithm?

Is there any algorithm or procedure to convert a centralized algorithm to a distributed algorithm? Is there any theoretical result or relevant complexity analysis?
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Ideal time complexity in analysis of distributed protocol

I need some explanation about the definition of ideal time complexity. My textbook says: The ideal execution delay or ideal time complexity, T: the execution delay experienced under the ...
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How do I use message passing to find the maximum of all values in a grid?

I am working on a problem. I have been tracing much more simple problems by hand, but I got this one and I am truly at a loss. I do not know how to research this to help me figure it out. I am truly ...
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Leader election in synchronous ring with unreliable communication channels

As a part of my Distributed Systems course I am required to provide an algorithm that is able to elect a leader in a synchronous bidirectional ring, where every message that is sent may be lost (lets ...
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Implementing reliable pairwise average in distributed systems

Consider an asynchronous and unreliable distributed system. Each node has a value. Suppose that p and q are two neighbor nodes of the system (p_val and q_val are the values of p and q respectively). p ...
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How to divide services and capacities in a graph?

Given a graph where some nodes can provide some services with x,y,z... capacities. A node connected to multiple nodes needs to divide these services to the connected nodes and these nodes themselves ...
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Byzantine Generals Problem - Regular Set of Neighbors

Going through Lamport's paper, I'm a little confused by the second part of the regular set of neighbors definition. A set of nodes $\{i_1, \ldots, i_p\}$ is said to be a regular set of neighbors ...
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Byzantine Generals Problem - Oral and Signed Messages

Having just read through Lamport's paper, I was hoping someone could clarify a few things on the Oral and Signed message algorithms. Why do we have to run $OM()$, recursively by $m$? If a majority of ...
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Guaranteed existence of a blocking set in the accept definition of Stellar

In the SCP, condition 2 of the accept definition allows a node to vote for one statement and later accept a contradictory one. Condition 2 assumes the existence of a v-blocking set which has not only ...
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Paxos algorithm, accept phase

From the wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paxos_(computer_science) If a Proposer receives enough Promises from a Quorum of Acceptors, it needs to set a value v to its proposal. If any Acceptors ...
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Given two or more nodes in a network, is it possible to determine the one-way link latencies between two nodes that share a bi-directional connection?

We already know that detecting the one-way latency between only two nodes is impossible. However, if I have a number of nodes in the same subnet that all know about each other, can measure round-trip ...
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Distributed algorithm can be executed in a single process

Looking at a "Distributed" algorithm from a textbook on distributed algorithms (e.g. Building a spanning tree, Broadcast/Convergecast.) I found that one can implement it using Golang's concurrency ...
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Resetting Vector clocks in distributed systems

I understand that vector clocks are preferred over lamport clocks because sometimes lamport clocks cannot account for the casuality and we use extra space to store the timestamps in the vector clocks. ...
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Time-slice Equalizing Algorithm

I have a requirement for which I am trying to write an algorithm and struggling a bit conceptually with. This seems like it should be a common-ish type problem so I imagine there is a name/standard ...
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Consistency CAP vs ACID

I understand that the consistency property specifies what values can be read, depending on what has been written before. For instance, if we consider a simple abstract read/write service. It enjoys ...
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Distributed Algorithm Problem

Consider a t-resilient read-write shared memory system (0 < t < N) with initial failures only: faulty processes take no steps. How could one give a consensus algorithm in this system? I don't ...
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Input distribution in FLP Impossibility

Lemma 2 in "Impossibility of Distributed Consensus with One Faulty Process" is as follows: LEMMA 2. P has a bivalent initial configuration. They prove this by showing that the opposite assumption ...
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Graph with arboricity a, all verteces are marked active

So I came across this problem that I would like help solving/explaining: We have a graph with arboricity a (can be partitioned to a min of a trees). We run the following algorithm on the graph: - All ...
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Why is there no extensive Standards Body overseeing ISAs, Bitcodes, Code Representation, etc… as there is in the case of Unicode

There exist a vast array of prominent bitcode formats, each suited for their specific task: LLVM IR: This format is build around a XML like binary streams model, designed to be used as a common ...
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Can't understand this example of convergecast addition from a book

In the book Distributed Computing: A Locality-Sensitive Approach by David Peleg, in chapter 3, Broadcast and convergecast, in section 3.4.2 Global function computation, examples are given for global ...
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Where were the ideas of vote, accept and commit phases originally introduced?

In the Stellar Consensus Protocol SCP, the voting procedure follows a 3 phase commit i.e. vote, accept and confirm i.e. see section 5. Is this a novel introduction or has this been previously been ...
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Running Time of Oral Messages Algorithm OM(m) for Byzantine Generals Fault Tolerance

Let us consider a byzantine generals problem assuming: less than 1/3 of generals are traitors Oral messages No Crypto One solution is the Oral Message algorithm OM(m), m being the maximum number ...
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Problem of making entities agree on some wavelength

I remember seeing this problem somewhere before, but don't remember what it's called and can't find it again. It was presented as two guys having $n$ phones each that don't ring when called. Each ...
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Questions while I'm making distributed key-value store

I'm CS student. I'm currently trying to make distributed key-value store. Since I'm new to distributed system concept. I'm struggling with sort of concrete implementation and methodology to apply ...
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A tree-like data structure with rights delegation for distributed computing

Every actor can create a root node and delegate a right to add a child node. Every node contains name of its’ creator or who added it, and value S. Sum of all values S at the same level of the tree ...
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How to detect a consensus is BFT or not?

Can we divide consensus algorithms into BFT (Byzantine Fault Tolerant) and non-BFT ? If so, How to detect a consensus is BFT or non-BFT ? Is there any non-BFT consensus algorithm example ?
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Data structure to know if something was calculated

There's the typical interview question about how to create a distributed and scalable URL shortener. One of the issues is to know if a URL was shortened already or not. There's a special data ...
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Distributed algorithms for finding n largest elements

It's easy to come up with a simple distributed algorithms for finding the maximum element in a set (totally ordered): Divide and conquer. There are a few publications that present algorithms for ...
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What is the relationship between Consistency Models and Consensus Algorithms?

I know that: Each replication technique should follow a consistency model. A consistency model defines a set of rules for the order of the write and read operations. In some replication techniques ...
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Construction of Omega Network

I understand that we could draw N * N Omega Network, But can we draw an Omega Network to connect 6 CPUs to 4 memories? (The number of CPUs does not equal the number of memories)
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How to make use of opponent policy on designing ours in multi-agent learning

I'm currently working on a multi-agent reinforcement learning. The setting is a cooperative multi-agent system with a stationary assumption on the opponent policy. Suppose I have the model of the ...
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Distributed selection (window) algorithm

For n records distributed amongst m processes/nodes (no shared memory) I'd like to accomplish the following for some given ranking criteria find the rth item. find the rth to r+cth items for some ...
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Why in the Map Reduce Implementation, why not stream the records to the reducer (via TCP) as they are being produced by the mappers?

In the Map-Reduce implementation, the reducers start when all mappers finish their jobs. Why don't we stream the records from mappers to reducers while they are being processed instead? I think there ...
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Distributed MST Construction in O(log log n) Rounds in a Clique

I'm reading the paper MST Construction in O(log log n) Communication Rounds in a Clique and trying to understand the correctness analysis, in page 5. It shows by induction on k (phase number), that ...
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Need a layman's example of Linearizable Consistency model

As far as I understand, Linearizable Consistency model is a Data-centric and Strong consistency model. Data-centric means: - All clients experience the consistency - All clients access the same ...
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Should I use lamport logical clock or vector clock or something else?

simplified use case: I have 3 nodes where each node sends a message to the other two always(so a message won't be sent from one to another node. It would always be sent to two other nodes) and every ...
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What is the difference between Consensus and Leader Election problems?

According to this paper written by Lamport, `selecting a unique leader is equivalent to solving the consensus problem'. Based on the above quote, my question is: What is the difference between ...
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How is the literal meaning of “rendezvous” related to its usage in distributed computing?

I am trying to figure out the difference between RPC and Rendezvous. Is it correct that they differ only on their implementation on server side: RPC will involve creating a new process/thread to ...

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