Security

Commensal Cuckoo: Secure Group Partitioning for LargeScale Services

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Executive Summary

The authors present commensal cuckoo, a secure group partitioning scheme for large-scale systems that maintains the correctness of many small groups, despite a Byzantine adversary that controls a constant (global) fraction of all nodes. In particular, the adversary is allowed to repeatedly rejoin faulty nodes to the system in an arbitrary adaptive manner, e.g., to collocate them in the same group. Commensal cuckoo addresses serious practical limitations of the state-of-the-art scheme, the cuckoo rule of Awerbuch and Scheideler, tolerating over 35x more faulty nodes with groups as small as 64 nodes (as compared to the hundreds required by the cuckoo rule).

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