Group Membership and Wide-Area Master-Worker Computations

Kjetil Jacobsen, Xianan Zhang and Keith Marzullo
November 6, 2002

\emph{Group communications systems} have been designed to provide an infrastructure for fault-tolerance in distributed systems, including wide-area systems. In our work on master-worker computation for GriPhyN, which is a large project in the area of the computational grid, we asked the question \emph{should we build our wide-area master-worker computation using wide-area group communications?} This paper explains why we decided doing so was not a good idea.

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