Introduction to Reliable Distributed Programming

  • Rachid Guerraoui
  • Luís Rodrigues

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. Pages 1-23
  3. Pages 25-68
  4. Pages 69-134
  5. Pages 135-188
  6. Pages 189-232
  7. Pages 233-286
  8. Pages 287-289
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 291-299

About this book


In modern computing a program is usually distributed among several processes. The fundamental challenge when developing reliable distributed programs is to support the cooperation of processes required to execute a common task, even when some of these processes fail.

Guerraoui and Rodrigues present an introductory description of fundamental reliable distributed programming abstractions as well as algorithms to implement these abstractions. The authors follow an incremental approach by first introducing basic abstractions in simple distributed environments, before moving to more sophisticated abstractions and more challenging environments. Each core chapter is devoted to one specific class of abstractions, covering reliable delivery, shared memory, consensus and various forms of agreement.

This textbook comes with a companion set of running examples implemented in Java. These can be used by students to get a better understanding of how reliable distributed programming abstractions can be implemented and used in practice. Combined, the chapters deliver a full course on reliable distributed programming. The book can also be used as a complete reference on the basic elements required to build reliable distributed applications.


Algorithms Broadcast Communication Protocols Distributed Algorithms Distributed Programming Java Reliable Delivery Shared Memory algorithm programming

Authors and affiliations

  • Rachid Guerraoui
    • 1
  • Luís Rodrigues
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire Programmation Distribué (LPD)École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Faculté Informatique et CommunicationsLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Faculdade de Ciências, Departamento de InformáticaUniversidade LisboaLisboaPortugal

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-28845-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-28846-6
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