Tutorial Summary: Paxos Explained from Scratch

  • Hein Meling
  • Leander Jehl
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8304)


Paxos is a flexible and fault tolerant protocol for solving the consensus problem, where participants in a distributed system need to agree on a common value. However, Paxos is reputed for being difficult to understand. This tutorial aims to address this difficulty by visualizing Paxos in a completely new way. Starting from a naive solution and strong assumptions, Paxos is derived in a step-wise fashion. In each step, minimal changes are made to the solution and assumptions, aimed at understanding why the solution fails. In this manner, a correct solution that corresponds to Paxos is eventually reached.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hein Meling
    • 1
  • Leander Jehl
    • 1
  1. 1.University of StavangerNorway

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