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SIAM Journal on Computing
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Flipping persuasively in constant time

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Abstract

A persuasive coin is a sufficiently unbiased source of randomness visible to sufficiently many processors in a distributed system. An algorithm is described for achieving a persuasive coin in the presence of an extremely powerful adversary where the number of rounds of message exchange among the processors is constant, independent of the number n of processors in the system as well as the number of faults, provided the total number of faulty processors does not exceed a certain constant multiple of n/log n. As a corollary an Ω(n/log n)-resilient probabilistic protocol for Byzantine agreement running in constant expected time is obtained. Combining this with a generalization of a technique of Bracha, a probabilistic Byzantine agreement protocol tolerant of almost n/4 failures with O(log log n) expected running time is obtained.

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01 Jan 1990

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SIAM Journal on Computing

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