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Understanding Self-Healing in Service-Discovery Systems



Christopher E. Dabrowski, Kevin L. Mills


Service-discovery systems aim to provide consistent views of distributed components under varying network conditions. To achieve this aim, designers rely upon a variety of self-healing strategies, including: architecture and topology, failure-detection and recovery techniques, and consistency maintenance mechanisms. In previous work, we showed that various combinations of self-healing strategies lead to significant differences in the ability of service-discovery systems to maintain consistency during increasing network failure. Here, we ask whether the contribution of individual self-healing strategies can be quantified. We give results that quantify the effectiveness of selected combinations of architecture-topology and recovery techniques. Our results suggest that it should prove feasible to quantify the ability of individual self-healing strategies to overcome various failures. A full understanding of the interactions among self-healing strategies would provide designers of distributed systems with the knowledge necessary to build the most effective self-healing systems with minimum overhead.
Proceedings Title
Workshop on Self-Healing Systems (WOSS¿02)


architecture, self-healing systems, self-repairing systems, service discovery


Dabrowski, C. and Mills, K. (2003), Understanding Self-Healing in Service-Discovery Systems, Workshop on Self-Healing Systems (WOSS¿02), -1, [online], (Accessed April 24, 2024)
Created November 1, 2003, Updated February 19, 2017