Optimal Register Construction in M&M Systems

Vassos Hadzilacos, Xing Hu, Sam Toueg

Motivated by recent distributed systems technology, Aguilera et al. introduced a hybrid model of distributed computing, called message-and-memory model or m&m model for short. In this model processes can communicate by message passing and also by accessing some shared memory. We consider the basic problem of implementing an atomic single-writer multi-reader (SWMR) register shared by all the processes in m&m systems. Specifically, for every m&m system, we give an algorithm that implements such a register in this system and show that it is optimal in the number of process crashes that it can tolerate. This generalizes the well-known implementation of an atomic SWMR register in a pure message-passing system.

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