Asynchronous gossip

Chryssis Georgiou, Seth Gilbert, Rachid Guerraoui, Dariusz R. Kowalski

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We study the complexity of gossip in an asynchronous, message-passing fault-prone distributed system. We show that an adaptive adversary can significantly hamper the spreading of a rumor, while an oblivious adversary cannot. The algorithmic techniques proposed in this article can be used for improving the message complexity of distributed algorithms that rely on an all-to-all message exchange paradigm and are designed for an asynchronous environment. As an example, we show how to improve the message complexity of asynchronous randomized consensus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number11
JournalJournal of the ACM
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Adaptive versus oblivious adversary
  • Asynchrony
  • Complexity
  • Consensus
  • Epidemic
  • Gossip
  • Randomization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Artificial Intelligence


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