Brief Announcement: Dynamic FTSS in Asynchronous Systems: the Case of Unison
Distributed fault-tolerance can mask the effect of a limited number of per- manent faults, while self-stabilization provides forward recovery after an arbitrary number of transient fault hit the system. FTSS protocols combine the best of both worlds since they are simultaneously fault-tolerant and self-stabilizing. To date, FTSS solutions either consider static (i.e. fixed point) tasks, or assume synchronous scheduling of the system components. In this paper, we present the first study of dynamic tasks in asynchronous systems, considering the unison problem as a benchmark. Unison can be seen as a local clock syn- chronisation problem as neighbors must maintain digital clocks at most one time unit away from each other, and increment their own clock value infinitely often. We present many im- possiblity results for this difficult problem and propose a FTSS solution when the problem is solvable that exhibits optimal fault containment.
Proceedings of DISC 2009, Elche, Spain 2009