End-to-End Arguments and DHT-System Design

X. Li and M. Brockmeyer (USA)


DHT, Paxos, Endtoend Argument, Data Atomicity.


The emergence of Distributed Hash Tables as a promising Internet infrastructure raises the question of the placement of application function again. This paper re-examines the end-to-end argument in the context of DHTs. Using the example of data atomicity, this paper analyzes the high cost and impracticality of the current approach which is not end to-end; identiļ¬es necessary services desired from DHTs to facilitate end-to-end design; and proposed an end-to-end design for data atomicity based on failure detectors and the Paxos algorithm.

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