The part-time parliament

  title={The part-time parliament},
  author={Leslie Lamport},
  journal={ACM Trans. Comput. Syst.},
  • L. Lamport
  • Published 1 May 1998
  • Computer Science
  • ACM Trans. Comput. Syst.
Recent archaeological discoveries on the island of Paxos reveal that the parliament functioned despite the peripatetic propensity of its part-time legislators. The legislators maintained consistent copies of the parliamentary record, despite their frequent forays from the chamber and the forgetfulness of their messengers. The Paxon parliament's protocol provides a new way of implementing the state machine approach to the design of distributed systems. 

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