Using light-weight groups to handle timing failures in quasi-synchronous systems

Carlos Almeida, Paulo Verissimo

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In a quasi-synchronous environment worst-case times associated with a given activity are usually much higher than the average time needed for that activity. Using always those worst-case times can make a system useless. However, not using them may lead to timing failures. On the other hand, fully synchronous behavior is usually restricted to small parts of the global system. In a previously defined architecture we use this small synchronous part to control and validate the other parts of the system. In this paper we present a light-weight group protocol that together with the previously defined architecture makes it possible to efficiently handle timing failures in a quasi-synchronous system. This is specially interesting when active replication is used. It provides application support for a fail-safe behavior, or controlled (timely and safe) switching between different qualities of service.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Real-Time Systems Symposium
PublisherIEEEPiscataway, NJ, United States
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998
Externally publishedYes

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