A synchronous communication system for a software-based Byzantine fault tolerant computer
Author(s)Sterling, Reuben Marbell
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
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This thesis describes the redesign of a Byzantine-resilient, quad-redundant computer to remove proprietary hardware components. The basic architecture consists of four Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) processors in a completely-connected network of point-to-point ethernet connections. In particular, the focus of this thesis is an algorithm that combines clock synchronization and communications between fault containment regions by inferring relative clock skew from the arrival time of expected messages. Both a failsafe and a fault-tolerant algorithm are discussed, though the fault-tolerant algorithm is not fully analyzed. The performance of a prototype and the failsafe synchronization algorithm are discussed.
Thesis (M. Eng.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2006.This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections.Includes bibliographical references (p. 155-156).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.