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A generic multicast primitive to support transactions on replicated objects in distributed systems

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2 Author(s)
Guerraoui, R. ; Dept. d''Inf., Ecole Polytech. Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland ; Schiper, A.

Locking and atomic commitment are two fundamental problems underlying transaction management in fault-tolerant distributed systems. In this paper we discuss these problems in the context of an asynchronous system with replicated objects. We present a generic primitive, named dynamic-terminating-multicast (or DTM) of which instances enable to implement a locking protocol and an atomic commitment protocol. By unifying the mechanisms needed to implement these protocols, we believe that the DTM primitive can be considered as a basic building block of distributed transactional systems. We show that this primitive can be implemented in an asynchronous system based on an unreliable failure detector

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Distributed Computing Systems, 1995., Proceedings of the Fifth IEEE Computer Society Workshop on Future Trends of

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28-30 Aug 1995

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