Accession Number : ADA293424
Title : Architecture and Protocols for a Decentralized Group Membership Service for Wide-Area Networks.
Descriptive Note : Final rept.,
Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEE RING
Personal Author(s) : Shukla, Shridhar B. ; Neely, David S. ; Kostrivas, John
PDF Url : ADA293424
Report Date : 22 FEB 1995
Pagination or Media Count : 33
Abstract : Entities cooperating as a group become simpler to construct if they possess access to a membership service to manage and administer the membership information of such groups. This report describes the architecture and design of a wide-area group membership service. Unlike any known membership service, the service is based on a completely decentralized protocol executed by a hierarchy of servers. This hierarchy permits a clear separation between the membership service infrastructure and support for application groups, permitting global scaleability. The membership protocol itself is executed by a core set of membership servers identified in a group-specific manner, permitting a separate name space, membership scope and partition handling for each group. We describe a suitable application programme's interface and provide correctness arguments for the protocol. A working implementation of the basic membership protocol is described.
Descriptors : *WIDE AREA NETWORKS, *USER NEEDS, CORES, SEPARATION, HANDLING, HIERARCHIES, AREA COVERAGE, DECENTRALIZATION.
Subject Categories : Computer Systems
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE