Distributed Systems: 601.417 / 600.617

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General Distributed Systems
Guide to Reliable Distributed Systems
Kenneth P. Birman 2012
Springer web page.
This is a recommended book for many of the topics covered in lecture.
Introduction to Reliable and Secure Distributed Programming
Christian Cachin, Rachid Guerraoui, Luis Rodrigues 2011
Springer web page.
This is another recommended book for many of the topics covered in lecture.
Total Order Broadcast and Multicast Algotithms: Taxonomy and Survey
Defago, Schiper and Urban, 2004
PDF file
A comprehensive survey paper for reliable ordered multicast protocols
Impossibility of Consensus
Fischer, Lynch and Paterson, 1985
PDF file
Here is the original paper that proves the impossibility of consensus in asynchronous networks
Raft: a more understandable Consensus Algorithm
Ongaro and Ousterhout, 2014
Raft web site Raft paper Raft presentation
A leader-based consensus algorithm that is similar in nature to Paxos and has some similarities and some differences with the Paxos-SB (Paxos for System Builders) variant taught in class.


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