Date: 14 Mar 2003

A Data-Centric Approach for Scalable State Machine Replication

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Abstract

Data replication is a key design principle for achieving reliability, high-availability, survivability and load balancing in distributed computing systems. The common denominator of all existing replication systems is the need to keep replicas consistent. The main paradigm for supporting replicated data is active replication, in which replicas execute the same sequence of methods on the object in order to remain consistent. This paradigm led to the definition of State Machine Replication (SMR) [29.8], [29.13]. The necessary building block of SMR is an engine that delivers operations at each site in the same total order without gaps, thus keeping the replica states consistent.