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Second Workshop on Real, Large Distributed Systems—Preliminary Abstract

Pp. 55–60 of the Proceedings

Non-Transitive Connectivity and DHTs

Michael J. Freedman, New York University; Karthik Lakshminarayanan, Sean Rhea, and Ion Stoica, University of California, Berkeley


In this paper, we categorize the ways in which Bamboo, Chord, and Kademlia break down under non-transitivity, and we enumerate the ways we modified them to cope with these shortcomings. We also discuss applicationlevel solutions to the problem. Many of these failure modes and fixes were quite painful for us to discover, and we hope that—at least in the short term—this work will save others the effort. In the longer term, we hope that by focusing attention on the problem, we will encourage future DHT designers to tackle non-transitivity head-on.
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