Machinations


ICIS Future of the Field Workshop
September 5, 2012, 6:10 pm
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A few weeks ago I gave a talk on network reliability at the ICIS “Future of the Field” workshop on High Performance Computing[1]. This talk surveys three main theoretical approaches we have for building reliable distributed systems from unreliable components. When writing the talk, I was struck by how few theoretical tools we actually have for this problem: Byzantine agreement and state replication; Secure Multiparty Computation; and a circuit based approach proposed by Von Neumann which seems to have been more or less abandoned 20 years ago. ¬†Am I missing anything?

[1] How I got invited to such a workshop is a topic for another post…