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Understanding Consistency Maintenance in Service Discovery Architectures in Response to Message Loss



Christopher E. Dabrowski, Kevin L. Mills, J R. Elder


Current trends suggest future software systems will comprise collections of components that combine and recombine dynamically in reaction to changing conditions. Service-discovery protocols, which enable software components to locate available software services and to adapt to changing system topology, provide one foundation for such dynamic behavior. Emerging discovery protocols specify alternative architectures and behaviors, which motivate a rigorous investigation of the properties underlying their designs. Here, we assess the ability of selected designs for service-discovery protocols to maintain consistency in a distributed system during severe message loss. We use an architecture description language, called Rapide, to model two different architectures (two-party and three-party) and two different consistency-maintenance mechanisms (polling and notification). We use our models to investigate performance differences among combinations of architecture and consistency-maintenance mechanism as message-loss rate increases. We measure system performance along three dimensions: (1) update responsiveness (How much latency is required to propagate changes?), (2) update effectiveness (What is the probability that a node receives a change?), and (3) update efficiency (How many messages must be sent to propagate a change throughout the topology?).
International Workshop on Active Middleware Systems


architectural-description languages, service-discovery protocols, software architecture, software performance


Dabrowski, C. , Mills, K. and Elder, J. (2002), Understanding Consistency Maintenance in Service Discovery Architectures in Response to Message Loss, International Workshop on Active Middleware Systems, [online], (Accessed July 21, 2024)


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Created January 1, 2002, Updated February 19, 2017