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Spread-Spectrum Computation

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We observe that existing methods for failure-tolerance are inefficient in their use of time, storage and computational resources. We aim to harness the power of idle desktop computers for data-parallel computations, which are particularly sensitive to failure, and propose “spread-spectrum computation” as a suite of techniques to mitigate failures in an internet-scale distributed system.

Spread-spectrum computation uses “computation dispersal algorithms” to add redundancy to computations, in order that they may tolerate a particular failure distribution. In this talk, I will introduce computation dispersal algorithms, providing examples of their implementation and applications. I will describe the system that we have built to demonstrate our techniques, and also present some preliminary results.

This talk is part of the Computer Laboratory Systems Research Group Seminar series.

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