Failure Detectors and Extended Paxos for k-Set Agreement

Wei Chen, Jialin Zhang, Yu Chen, and Xuezheng Liu


Failure detector class Ω k has been defined in [17] as an extension to failure detector ­Ω, and an algorithm has been given in [15] to solve k-set agreement using Ω ­k in asynchronous message-passing systems. In this paper, we extend these previous works in two directions. First, we define two new classes of failure detectors Ω' ­k and Ω" ­k , which are new ways of extending Ω­, and show that they are equivalent to Ω ­k . Class Ω' ­k is more flexible than Ω ­k in that it does not require the outputs to stabilize eventually, while class Ω" ­k does not refer to other processes in its outputs and thus serves as a good basis for the partitioned failure detectors we introduce in [6]. Second, we present a new algorithm that solves k-set agreement using Ω" ­k when a majority of processes do not crash. The algorithm is a faithful extension of the Paxos algorithm [11], and thus it inherits the efficiency, flexibility, and robustness of the Paxos algorithm. In particular, it has better message complexity than the algorithm in [15]. Both the new failure detectors and the new algorithm enrich our understanding of the k-set agreement problem. In particular, they serve as the basis of our study on partitioned failure detectors for k-set agreement [6].


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