, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 37–50 | Cite as

Optimal Adaptive Broadcasting with a Bounded Fraction of Faulty Nodes

  • K. Diks
  • A. Pelc


We consider broadcasting among n processors, f of which can be faulty. A fault-free processor, called the source, holds a piece of information which has to be transmitted to all other fault-free processors. We assume that the fraction f/n of faulty processors is bounded by a constant γ<1 . Transmissions are fault free. Faults are assumed to be of the crash type: faulty processors do not send or receive messages. We use the whispering model: pairs of processors communicating in one round must form a matching. A fault-free processor sending a message to another processor becomes aware of whether this processor is faulty or fault free and can adapt future transmissions accordingly. The main result of the paper is a broadcasting algorithm working in O( log n) rounds and using O(n) messages of logarithmic size, in the worst case. This is an improvement of the result from [17] where O ((log n) 2 ) rounds were used. Our method also gives the first algorithm for adaptive distributed fault diagnosis in O( log n) rounds.

Key words. Adaptive, Algorithm, Broadcasting, Diagnosis, Fault. 


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© Springer-Verlag 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Diks
    • 1
  • A. Pelc
    • 2
  1. 1.Instytut Informatyki, Uniwersytet Warszawski, Banacha 2, 02-097 Warszawa, Poland.
  2. 2.Département d'Informatique, Université du Québec à Hull, Hull, Québec J8X 3X7, Canada.

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