Emulating shared-memory do-all algorithms in asynchronous message-passing systems

Dariusz R. Kowalski, Mariam Momenzadeh, Alexander A. Shvartsman

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A fundamental problem in distributed computing is performing a set of tasks despite failures and delays. Stated abstractly, the problem is to perform N tasks using P failure-prone processors. This paper studies the efficiency of emulating shared-memory task-performing algorithms on asynchronous message-passing processors with quantifiable message latency. Efficiency is measured in terms of work and communication, and the challenge is to obtain subquadratic work and message complexity. While prior solutions assumed synchrony and constant delays, the solutions given here yields subquadratic efficiency with asynchronous processors when the delays and failures is suitably constrained. The solutions replicate shared objects using a quorum system, provided it is not disabled. One algorithm has subquadratic work and communication when the delays and the number of processors, K, owning object replicas, are O(P0.41). It tolerates [K-1/2] crashes. It is also shown that there exists an algorithm that has subquadratic work and communication and that tolerates o(P) failures, provided message delays are sublinear. quorums.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)210-222
Number of pages13
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
Externally publishedYes



  • Communication
  • Distributed algorithm
  • Fault-tolerance
  • Work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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