Crash Fault Detection in Celerating Environments Conference Paper uri icon


  • Failure detectors are a service that provides (approximate) information about process crashes in a distributed system. The well-known "eventually perfect" failure detector, P, has been implemented in partially synchronous systems with unknown upper bounds on message delay and relative process speeds. However, previous implementations have overlooked an important subtlety with respect to measuring the passage of time in "celerating" environments, in which absolute process speeds can continually increase or decrease while maintaining bounds on relative process speeds. Existing implementations either use action clocks, which fail in accelerating environments, or use real-time clocks, which fail in decelerating environments. We propose the use of bichronal clocks, which are a composition of action clocks and real-time clocks. Our solution can be readily adopted to make existing implementations of P robust to process celeration, which can result from hardware upgrades, server overloads, denial-of-service attacks, and other system volatilities. © 2009 IEEE.

author list (cited authors)

  • Sastry, S., Pike, S. M., & Welch, J. L.

citation count

  • 4

publication date

  • May 2009