Mustaque Ahamad

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The abstraction of a shared memory is of growing importance in distributed computing systems. Traditional memory consistency ensures that all processes agree on a common order of all operations on memory. Unfortunately, providing these guarantees entails access latencies that prevent scaling to large systems. This paper weakens such guarantees by(More)
Shared memories that provide weaker consistency guarantees than the traditional sequentially consistent or atomic memories have been claimed to provide the key to building scalable systems. One influential memory model, processor considency, has been cited widely in the literature but, due to the lack of a precise and formal definition, contradictory claims(More)
We present a new protocol for maintaining replicated data that can provide both high data availability and low response time. In the protocol, the nodes are organized in a logical grid. Existing protocols are designed primarily to achieve high availability by updating a large fraction of the copies which provides some (although not signiicant) load sharing.(More)
In the future, a largely invisible and ubiquitous computing infrastructure will assist people with a variety of activities in the home and at work. The applications that will be deployed in such systems will create and manipulate private information and will provide access to a variety of other resources. Securing such applications is challenging for a(More)
As computing technology becomes more pervasive and broadband services are deployed into residential communities, new applications will emerge for the home and community environment. These applications will assist people in a variety of daily activities by enabling them to create, access, and manipulate information about the residents and resources in their(More)
Ordering and time are two different aspects of consistency of shared objects in a distributed system. One avoids conflicts between operations, the other addresses how quickly the effects of an operation are perceived by the rest of the system. Consistency models such as sequential consistency and causal consistency do not consider the particular time at(More)