Reconfiguring a State Machine

Leslie Lamport, Dahlia Malkhi, and Lidong Zhou


Recon¯guration means changing the set of processes executing a distributed

system. We explain several methods for recon¯guring a system implemented us-

ing the state-machine approach, including some new ones. We discuss the rela-

tion between these methods and earlier recon¯guration algorithms|especially

view changing in group communication.


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