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Dissemination of Information in Communication Networks

Broadcasting, Gossiping, Leader Election, and Fault-Tolerance


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Pages 1-4
  3. The Telegraph and Telephone Modes

    1. Pages 7-50
    2. Pages 51-91
    3. Pages 93-136
    4. Pages 137-181
    5. Pages 183-225
  4. Distributed Networks

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 341-361

About this book


Preface Due to the development of hardware technologies (such as VLSI) in the early 1980s, the interest in parallel and distributive computing has been rapidly growingandinthelate1980sthestudyofparallelalgorithmsandarchitectures became one of the main topics in computer science. To bring the topic to educatorsandstudents,severalbooksonparallelcomputingwerewritten. The involvedtextbook“IntroductiontoParallelAlgorithmsandArchitectures”by F. Thomson Leighton in 1992 was one of the milestones in the development of parallel architectures and parallel algorithms. But in the last decade or so the main interest in parallel and distributive computing moved from the design of parallel algorithms and expensive parallel computers to the new distributive reality – the world of interconnected computers that cooperate (often asynchronously) in order to solve di?erent tasks. Communication became one of the most frequently used terms of computer science because of the following reasons: (i) Considering the high performance of current computers, the communi- tion is often moretime consuming than the computing time of processors. As a result, the capacity of communication channels is the bottleneck in the execution of many distributive algorithms. (ii) Many tasks in the Internet are pure communication tasks. We do not want to compute anything, we only want to execute some information - change or to extract some information as soon as possible and as cheaply as possible. Also, we do not have a central database involving all basic knowledge. Instead, wehavea distributed memorywherethe basickno- edgeisdistributedamongthelocalmemoriesofalargenumberofdi?erent computers. The growing importance of solving pure communication tasks in the - terconnected world is the main motivation for writing this book.


Broadcast Hardware Roadcasting algorithms computer computer science distributed computing

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.ETH Zentrum, RZ F2, Department of Computer ScienceSwiss Federal Institute of TechnologyZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.CNRS - I3S & INRIA Sophia-AntipolisSophia Antipolis CedexFrance
  3. 3.Départment d’informatiqueUniversité du Québec en OutaouaisCanada
  4. 4.Lehrstuhl für Informatik IAachen University RWTHAachenGermany

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From the reviews:

"The book covers the complexity of communication to disseminate information in networks. … The book surveys the state of the art of broadcasting and gossiping in the telegraph and telephone modes of communication. … appears to be especially useful to researchers in the field. … The exposition is self-contained, including specialized topics." (Bogdan S. Chlebus, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2008 c)