The Do-All problem with Byzantine processor failures

Antonio Fernández, Chryssis Georgiou, Alexander Russell, Alex A. Shvartsman

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Do-All is the abstract problem of using n processors to cooperatively perform m independent tasks in the presence of failures. This problem and its derivatives have been a centerpiece in the study of trade-offs between efficiency and fault-tolerance in cooperative computing environments. Many algorithms have been developed for Do-All in various models of computation, including message-passing, partitionable networks, and shared-memory models under a variety of failure models. This work initiates the study of the Do-All problem for synchronous message-passing processors prone to Byzantine failures. In particular, upper and lower bounds are given on the complexity of Do-All for several cases: (a) the case where the maximum number of faulty processors f is known a priori, (b) the case where f is not known, (c) the case where a task execution can be verified (without re-executing the task), and (d) the case where task executions cannot be verified. The efficiency of algorithms is evaluated in terms of work and message complexities. The work complexity accounts for all computational steps taken by the processors and the message complexity accounts for all messages sent by the processors during the computation. The work and messages of a faulty processor are counted only until the processor fails to follow the algorithm. It is shown that in some cases obtaining work Θ(mn) is the best one can do. It is also shown that in certain cases communication cannot help improve work efficiency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)433-454
Number of pages22
JournalTheoretical Computer Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 3 2005
Externally publishedYes
EventStructural Information and Communication Complexity - Umea, Sweden
Duration: Jun 18 2003Jun 20 2003


  • Byzantine failures
  • Distributed cooperation
  • Independent tasks
  • Work complexity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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