Improving the availability of mutual exclusion Systems on Incomplete Networks
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mutual exclusion problems
We model a distributed system by a graph G=(V, E), where V represents the set of processes and E the set of bidirectional communication links between two processes. G may not be complete. A popular (distributed) mutual exclusion algorithm on G uses a coterie C(⊆2v), which is a nonempty set of nonempty subsets of V (called quorums) such that, for any two quorums P, Q ∈ C, 1) P∩Q ≠φ and 2) P￠Q hold. The availability is the probability that the algorithm tolerates process and/or link failures, given the probabilities that a process and a link, respectively, are operational. The availability depends on the coterie used in the algorithm. This paper proposes a method to improve the availability by transforming a given coterie.
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