d i g i t a l SRC Research Report 49

The Part-Time Parliament.


Leslie Lamport.

September 1, 1989
43 pages

Recent archaeological discoveries on the island of Paxos reveal that the parliament functioned despite the peripatetic propensity of its part-time legislators. The legislators maintained consistent copies of the parliamentary record, despite their frequent forays from the chamber and the forgetfulness of their messengers. The Paxon parliament's protocol provides a new way of implementing the state-machine approach to the design of distributed systems---an approach that has received limited attention because it leads to designs of insufficient complexity.

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