The Weakest Failure Detector for Solving Consensus
Chandra, Tushar Deepak; Hadzilacos, Vassos; Toueg, Sam
We determine what information about failures is necessary and sufficient to solve Consensus in asynchronous distributed systems subject to crash failures. In [CT91], we proved that $\Diamond\cal W$, a failure detector that provides surprisingly little information about which processes have crashed, is sufficient to solve Consensus in asynchronous systems with a majority of correct processes. In this paper, we prove that to solve Consensus, any failure detector has to provide at least as much information as $\Diamond\cal W$. Thus, $\Diamond\cal W$ is indeed the weakest failure detector for solving Consensus in asynchronous systems with a majority of correct processes.
computer science; technical report
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