Using Tractable and Realistic Churn Models to Analyze Quiescence Behavior of Distributed Protocols
Source: University of Illinois
Large-scale distributed systems are subject to churn, i.e., continuous arrival, departure and failure of processes. Analysis of protocols under churn requires one to use churn models that are tractable (easy to apply), realistic (apply to deployment settings), and general (apply to many protocols and properties). In this paper, the authors propose two new churn models - called train and crowd - that together achieve these goals, for a broad class of stability properties called quiescent properties, and for arbitrary distributed protocols.