[CrouzenHHDTWBB11] Bounded Fairness for Probabilistic Distributed Algorithms Crouzen, P.; Hahn, E. M.; Hermanns, H.; Dhama, A.; Theel, O. E.; Wimmer, R.; Braitling, B. and Becker, B. In 11th International Conference on Application of Concurrency to System Design (ACSD), pages 89-97, IEEE, 2011.
Downloads: pdf, bibURL: Abstract. This paper investigates quantitative dependability metrics for distributed algorithms operating in the presence of sporadic or frequently occurring faults. In particular, we investigate necessary revisions of traditional fairness assumptions in order to arrive at useful metrics, without adding hidden assumptions that may obfuscate their validity. We formulate faulty distributed algorithms as Markov decision processes to incorporate both probabilistic faults and non-determinism arising from concurrent execution. We lift the notion of bounded fairness to the setting of Markov decision processes. Bounded fairness is particularly suited for distributed algorithms running on nearly symmetric infrastructure, as it is common for sensor network applications. Finally, we apply this fairness notion in the quantitative model-checking of several case studies.