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Deciding Determinism with Fairness for Simple Transducer Networks

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A distributed database system often operates in an asynchronous communication model where messages can be arbitrarily delayed. This communication model causes nondeterministic effects like unpredictable arrival orders of messages. Nonetheless, in general we want the distributed system to be deterministic; the system should produce the same output despite the nondeterministic effects on messages. Previously, two interpretations of determinism have been proposed. The first says that all infinite fair computation traces produce the same output. The second interpretation is a confluence notion, saying that all finite computation traces can still be extended to produce the same output. A decidability result for the confluence notion was previously obtained for so-called simple transducer networks, a model from the field of declarative networking. In the current article, we also present a decidability result for simple transducer networks, but this time for the first interpretation of determinism, with infinite fair computation traces. We also compare the expressivity of simple transducer networks under both interpretations.
ISSN: 0362-5915
Issue: 2
Volume: 40
Aantal pagina's: 39
Jaar van publicatie:2015
Trefwoorden:Languages, Theory, Determinism, decidability, expressive power, relational transducer, cloud programming, declarative networking