Communication Efficiency in Self-Stabilizing Silent Protocols

Abstract : Self-stabilization is a general paradigm to provide forward recovery capabilities to distributed systems and networks. Intuitively, a protocol is self-stabilizing if it is able to recover without external intervention from any catastrophic transient failure. In this paper, our focus is to lower the communication complexity of self-stabilizing protocols below the need of checking every neighbor forever. In more details, the contribution of the paper is threefold: (i) We provide new complexity measures for communication efficiency of self-stabilizing protocols, especially in the stabilized phase or when there are no faults, (ii) On the negative side, we show that for non-trivial problems such as coloring, maximal matching, and maximal independent set, it is impossible to get (deterministic or probabilistic) self-stabilizing solutions where every participant communicates with less than every neighbor in the stabilized phase, and (iii) On the positive side, we present protocols for coloring, maximal matching, and maximal independent set such that a fraction of the participants communicates with exactly one neighbor in the stabilized phase.
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Stéphane Devismes, Toshimitsu Masuzawa, Sébastien Tixeuil. Communication Efficiency in Self-Stabilizing Silent Protocols. The IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing Systems (ICDCS 2009), Jun 2009, Montreal, Canada. pp.474-481, ⟨10.1109/ICDCS.2009.24⟩. ⟨hal-01295187⟩



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