TY - CONF
AB - We study the consensus problem in a synchronous distributed system of n nodes under an adaptive adversary that has a slightly outdated view of the system and can block all incoming and outgoing communication of a constant fraction of the nodes in each round. Motivated by a result of Ben-Or and Bar-Joseph (1998), showing that any consensus algorithm that is resilient against a linear number of crash faults requires $\tilde \Omega(\sqrt n)$ rounds in an n-node network against an adaptive adversary, we consider a late adaptive adversary, who has full knowledge of the network state at the beginning of the previous round and unlimited computational power, but is oblivious to the current state of the nodes.
Our main contributions are randomized distributed algorithms that achieve consensus with high probability among all except a small constant fraction of the nodes (i.e., "almost-everywhere'') against a late adaptive adversary who can block up to ε n$ nodes in each round, for a small constant ε >0$. Our first protocol achieves binary almost-everywhere consensus and also guarantees a decision on the majority input value, thus ensuring plurality consensus. We also present an algorithm that achieves the same time complexity for multi-value consensus. Both of our algorithms succeed in $O(log n)$ rounds with high probability, thus showing an exponential gap to the $\tilde\Omega(\sqrt n)$ lower bound of Ben-Or and Bar-Joseph for strongly adaptive crash-failure adversaries, which can be strengthened to $\Omega(n)$ when allowing the adversary to block nodes instead of permanently crashing them. Our algorithms are scalable to large systems as each node contacts only an (amortized) constant number of peers in each communication round. We show that our algorithms are optimal up to constant (resp.\ sub-logarithmic) factors by proving that every almost-everywhere consensus protocol takes $\Omega(log_d n)$ rounds in the worst case, where d is an upper bound on the number of communication requests initiated per node in each round. We complement our theoretical results with an experimental evaluation of the binary almost-everywhere consensus protocol revealing a short convergence time even against an adversary blocking a large fraction of nodes.
AU - Robinson, Peter
AU - Scheideler, Christian
AU - Setzer, Alexander
ID - 3422
KW - distributed consensus
KW - randomized algorithm
KW - adaptive adversary
KW - complexity lower bound
SN - 978-1-4503-5799-9/18/07
T2 - Proceedings of the 30th ACM Symposium on Parallelism in Algorithms and Architectures (SPAA)
TI - Breaking the $\tilde\Omega(\sqrt{n})$ Barrier: Fast Consensus under a Late Adversary
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TY - CONF
AU - Gmyr, Robert
AU - Hinnenthal, Kristian
AU - Kostitsyna, Irina
AU - Kuhn, Fabian
AU - Rudolph, Dorian
AU - Scheideler, Christian
AU - Strothmann, Thim Frederik
ID - 5764
T2 - Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on DNA Computing and Molecular Programming
TI - Forming Tile Shapes with Simple Robots
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TY - CONF
AU - Scheideler, Christian
ID - 5985
T2 - Proceedings of the 2018 Workshop on Theory and Practice for Integrated Cloud, Fog and Edge Computing Paradigms, TOPIC@PODC 2018, Egham, United Kingdom, July 27, 2018
TI - Relays: Towards a Link Layer for Robust and Secure Fog Computing
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TY - CONF
AB - We extend the concept of monotonic searchability~\cite{DBLP:conf/opodis/ScheidelerSS15}~\cite{DBLP:conf/wdag/ScheidelerSS16} for self-stabilizing systems from one to multiple dimensions.
A system is self-stabilizing if it can recover to a legitimate state from any initial illegal state.
These kind of systems are most often used in distributed applications.
Monotonic searchability provides guarantees when searching for nodes while the recovery process is going on.
More precisely, if a search request started at some node $u$ succeeds in reaching its destination $v$, then all future search requests from $u$ to $v$ succeed as well.
Although there already exists a self-stabilizing protocol for a two-dimensional topology~\cite{DBLP:journals/tcs/JacobRSS12} and an universal approach for monotonic searchability~\cite{DBLP:conf/wdag/ScheidelerSS16}, it is not clear how both of these concepts fit together effectively.
The latter concept even comes with some restrictive assumptions on messages, which is not the case for our protocol.
We propose a simple novel protocol for a self-stabilizing two-dimensional quadtree that satisfies monotonic searchability.
Our protocol can easily be extended to higher dimensions and offers routing in $\mathcal O(\log n)$ hops for any search request.
AU - Feldmann, Michael
AU - Kolb, Christina
AU - Scheideler, Christian
ID - 4351
T2 - Proceedings of the 20th International Symposium on Stabilization, Safety, and Security of Distributed Systems (SSS)
TI - Self-stabilizing Overlays for high-dimensional Monotonic Searchability
VL - 11201
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TY - CONF
AB - We present a self-stabilizing protocol for an overlay network that constructs the Minimum Spanning Tree (MST) for an underlay that is modeled by a weighted tree. The weight of an overlay edge between two nodes is the weighted length of their shortest path in the tree. We rigorously prove that our protocol works correctly under asynchronous and non-FIFO message delivery. Further, the protocol stabilizes after O(N^2) asynchronous rounds where N is the number of nodes in the overlay.
AU - Götte, Thorsten
AU - Scheideler, Christian
AU - Setzer, Alexander
ID - 5222
T2 - Proceedings of the 20th International Symposium on Stabilization, Safety, and Security of Distributed Systems (SSS 2018)
TI - On Underlay-Aware Self-Stabilizing Overlay Networks
VL - 11201
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TY - CONF
AU - Gmyr, Robert
AU - Hinnenthal, Kristian
AU - Kostitsyna, Irina
AU - Kuhn, Fabian
AU - Rudolph, Dorian
AU - Scheideler, Christian
ID - 5986
T2 - 43rd International Symposium on Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science, MFCS 2018, August 27-31, 2018, Liverpool, UK
TI - Shape Recognition by a Finite Automaton Robot
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TY - CONF
AU - Jung, Daniel
AU - Kolb, Christina
AU - Scheideler, Christian
AU - Sundermeier, Jannik
ID - 4565
SN - 9781450357999
T2 - Proceedings of the 30th on Symposium on Parallelism in Algorithms and Architectures (SPAA)
TI - Brief Announcement: Competitive Routing in Hybrid Communication Networks
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TY - CONF
AB - In this paper we present two major results:
First, we introduce the first self-stabilizing version of a supervised overlay network (as introduced in~\cite{DBLP:conf/ispan/KothapalliS05}) by presenting a self-stabilizing supervised skip ring.
Secondly, we show how to use the self-stabilizing supervised skip ring to construct an efficient self-stabilizing publish-subscribe system.
That is, in addition to stabilizing the overlay network, every subscriber of a topic will eventually know all of the publications that have been issued so far for that topic. The communication work needed to processes a subscribe or unsubscribe operation is just a constant in a legitimate state, and the communication work of checking whether the system is still in a legitimate state is just a constant on expectation for the supervisor as well as any process in the system.
AU - Feldmann, Michael
AU - Kolb, Christina
AU - Scheideler, Christian
AU - Strothmann, Thim Frederik
ID - 1163
KW - Topological Self-stabilization
KW - Supervised Overlay
KW - Publish-Subscribe System
T2 - Proceedings of the 32nd IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS)
TI - Self-Stabilizing Supervised Publish-Subscribe Systems
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TY - CONF
AB - A fundamental problem for overlay networks is to safely exclude leaving nodes, i.e., the nodes requesting to leave the overlay network are excluded from it without affecting its connectivity. To rigorously study self-stabilizing solutions to this problem, the Finite Departure Problem (FDP) has been proposed [9]. In the FDP we are given a network of processes in an arbitrary state, and the goal is to eventually arrive at (and stay in) a state in which all leaving processes irrevocably decided to leave the system while for all weakly-connected components in the initial overlay network, all staying processes in that component will still form a weakly connected component. In the standard interconnection model, the FDP is known to be unsolvable by local control protocols, so oracles have been investigated that allow the problem to be solved [9]. To avoid the use of oracles, we introduce a new interconnection model based on relays. Despite the relay model appearing to be rather restrictive, we show that it is universal, i.e., it is possible to transform any weakly-connected topology into any other weakly-connected topology, which is important for being a useful interconnection model for overlay networks. Apart from this, our model allows processes to grant and revoke access rights, which is why we believe it to be of interest beyond the scope of this paper. We show how to implement the relay layer in a self-stabilizing way and identify properties protocols need to satisfy so that the relay layer can recover while serving protocol requests.
AU - Scheideler, Christian
AU - Setzer, Alexander
ID - 5216
T2 - Proceedings of the 20th International Symposium on Stabilization, Safety, and Security of Distributed Systems (SSS 2018)
TI - Relays: A New Approach for the Finite Departure Problem in Overlay Networks
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AB - We propose a distributed protocol for a queue, called Skueue, which spreads its data fairly onto multiple processes, avoiding bottlenecks in high throughput scenarios.
Skueuecan be used in highly dynamic environments, through the addition of join and leave requests to the standard queue operations enqueue and dequeue.
Furthermore Skueue satisfies sequential consistency in the asynchronous message passing model.
Scalability is achieved by aggregating multiple requests to a batch, which can then be processed in a distributed fashion without hurting the queue semantics.
Operations in Skueue need a logarithmic number of rounds w.h.p. until they are processed, even under a high rate of incoming requests.
AU - Feldmann, Michael
AU - Scheideler, Christian
AU - Setzer, Alexander
ID - 1164
T2 - Proceedings of the 32nd IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (IPDPS)
TI - Skueue: A Scalable and Sequentially Consistent Distributed Queue
ER -