Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione     
Corsini P., Lopriore L., Strigini L. Fail-safeness in a multiprocessor system : a distributed strategy based on backward error recovery. Progetto finalizzato Informatica, MUMICRO, 1982. Document n. IEI-F82-12, 1982.
A method for fault-handling is presented. designed for multiprocessor systems supporting concurrent processes cooperating through message exchange. The proposal is described in reference to a specific system. i. e., the MuTEAM prototype developed in Pisa: our requirements was that no erroneous output be generated by the system under a single fault hypothesis. The fault-handling model adopted is based on backward error recovery: the set of all the application processes is partitioned into disjoint subsets (called families), which represent the atomic unit of recovery. Recovery points are established on communications among families. A single consistent recovery line is maintained, thereby avoiding the domino effect. The model does not rely on the usage of mass storage devices: rather, the recovery information pertinent to all the processes is kept in the distributed main memory of the system.

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