Dynamic & fault-tolerant P2P-topologies

Stefan Schmid
2004
Until now, the analysis of fault tolerance of peer-to-peer (p2p) systems usually only covers random faults of some kind. Contrary to traditional algorithmic research, faults as well as joins and leaves occurring in a worst-case manner in p2p systems are hardly considered. Most fault tolerance analyzes are static in the sense that it is shown that a system tolerates a certain number of simultaneous faults. The much more realistic dynamic case where faults steadily occur has not found much
more » ... on. The goal of this thesis is to work towards a general understanding of fault tolerance especially for the case of dynamic and worst-case failures. The thesis introduces a simple dynamic model where a malicious adversary -controlling the arrivals and departures of the peers -and a repairing algorithm take turns. The insights gained from this model are then used to study the more realistic scenario where a repairing algorithm maintains certain properties of the topology against a concurrent adversary. Besides the comparison of different fault-tolerance models, the thesis presents a distributed hash table which maintains an efficient search structure as well as a low peer degree in spite of the worst-case failures. By a dynamic analysis we prove that no data item is lost by the system.
doi:10.3929/ethz-a-004803263 fatcat:yij7f6t66rfwtalt4xoywtwtni