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Article – The State Machine Approach ’08

01 Feb 2008

Another contribution to Wikipedia.org. This is a “survey of surveys” covering a technique for building fault-tolerant systems. This paper’s goal was mainly to compress the description of the technique and clarify several points, specifically regarding message ordering.

This article puts the "[Paxos Family]:/2007/10/01/paxos-family.html in a larger context. While Paxos solves an important facet of distributed computing, there are many additional details which require the attention of system developers.