Performance Evaluation of Check-By-Voting for Colluding Attack in Volunteer Computing Systems

  • Kan Watanabe
  • Masaru Fukushi
  • Nobuo Funabiki
  • Toru Nakanishi
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 186)


Volunteer computing (VC) is a type of Internet based parallel computing paradigm, which allows any participants in the Internet to contribute their idle computing resources towards solving large problems. In VC, sabotage-tolerance mechanism is mandatory to improve the reliability of computations because some malicious participants may sabotage their jobs by returning incorrect results. Then, this paper evaluates current sabotage-tolerance methods such as voting and presents an impact of colluding attack on the sabotage-tolerance performance. The colluding attack is one of the most important issues to realize reliable modern VC systems because it may ruin the fundamental assumption of voting, i.e., “the majority is correct”. This becomes a big threat to the voting-based sabotage-tolerant methods which eliminate malicious participants based on whether their results are the majority or not. In this paper, we propose a colluding attack model, and conduct a detailed study for two major voting-based methods (i.e., M-first voting and check-by-voting) through a Monte Carlo simulation to reveal the sabotage-tolerance performance against colluding attacks. Our model introduces a colluding probability to cover various sabotaging and colluding scenarios. The simulation study shows that check-by-voting works well even if colluding attacks happen, while M-first voting does not.


Check-by-voting Colluding attacks Desktop grids Majority voting Sabotage-tolerance Volunteer computing 



This work was supported by KAKENHI 23800041.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kan Watanabe
    • 1
  • Masaru Fukushi
    • 2
  • Nobuo Funabiki
    • 1
  • Toru Nakanishi
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of Natural Science and TechnologyOkayama UniversityOkayamaJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of Science and EngineeringYamaguchi UniversityUbeJapan

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