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WaitFree nset Consensus when Inputs are Hagit Attiya and Zvi Avidor
 

Summary: Wait­Free n­set Consensus when Inputs are
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Hagit Attiya and Zvi Avidor
Department of Computer Science
The Technion, Haifa 32000, Israel
fhagit,azvig@technion.ac.il
Abstract. The k­set consensus problem requires processes to decide on
at most k of their input values. The problem can be solved using only
read / write operations in the presence of f crash failures if and only if
f ! k. One way to subvert this impossibility result is to restrict the set
of possible assignments of input values to processes. This paper presents
a characterization of the input restrictions that allow a wait­free solution
of n­set consensus in a system with n + 1 processes, using only read and
write operations.
1 Introduction
The k­set consensus problem [1] requires nonfaulty processes to decide on at
most k different values, so that every decision value is some process's input.
The k­set consensus problem is solvable in an asynchronous system subject to f
crash failures using read/write operations if and only if f ! k. An algorithm 1 was
presented in [1] while the lower bound was proved in three independent papers [2--

  

Source: Attiya, Hagit - Department of Computer Science, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences