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Designing Directories in Distributed Systems: A Systematic Framework

Chandy, K. Mani and Schooler, Eve M. (1996) Designing Directories in Distributed Systems: A Systematic Framework. California Institute of Technology . (Unpublished)

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This paper proposes a framework for the systematic design of directory-based distributed applications. We evaluate a space of directory designs using our framework. We present a case study consisting of design, implementation and analysis of directories for a multicast application. Our framework is based on a model that extends the formal concept of process knowledge in distributed systems. This concept is used informally in phrases such as "process p knows when it is in state s that process q is active." We show that this definition of knowledge is too strong for many distributed applications, including directory design. We propose a weaker concept: estimation. We define the meaning of phrases of the form: "process p in state s estimates with probability 0.9 that process q is active." We specify directory design as an optimization problem with the objective function of maximizing estimation probabilities, and with constraints on the amount of bandwidth, computation and storage used. We show how this specification helps in a systematic analysis of alternative directory designs.

Item Type:Report or Paper (Technical Report)
Group:Computer Science Technical Reports
Record Number:CaltechCSTR:1996.cs-tr-96-19
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Deposited On:25 Apr 2001
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