Implementation and Performance Testing of a Gossip-based Communication System

K.P. Kihlstrom, J.L. Stewart, N.T. Lounsbury, A.J. Rogers, and M.C. Magnuson (USA)


Scalability, reliability, gossip-based probabilistic multicast


Computer systems today are increasingly complex, em ploying vast numbers of nodes connected over large ge ographic areas. As these types of systems become more pervasive and integral to a variety of services, there is a heightened need for scalability and reliability in the under lying communication system. We present an implementation of a gossip-based, wide-area group communication system that is resilient to process and communication failures and is scalable to a very large number of nodes. We provide implementation details and describe our performance tests. The results are presented and analyzed.

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