Stoppable Paxos

Leslie Lamport, Dahlia Malkhi, and Lidong Zhou


A stoppable state machine is one whose execution can be terminated by a

special stopping command. Stoppable state machines can be used to imple-

ment recon¯guration in a replicated state machine; a recon¯gurable state

machine is implemented by a sequence of stoppable state machines, each

running in a ¯xed con¯guration. Stoppable Paxos, a variant of the ordinary

Paxos algorithm, implements a replicated stoppable state machine.


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