TY - GEN

T1 - Stone age distributed computing

AU - Emek, Yuval

AU - Wattenhofer, Roger

PY - 2013

Y1 - 2013

N2 - A new model that depicts a network of randomized finite state machines operating in an asynchronous environment is introduced. This model, that can be viewed as a hybrid of the message passing model and cellular automata is suitable for applying the distributed computing lens to the study of networks of sub-microprocessor devices, e.g., biological cellular networks and man-made nano-networks. Although the computation and communication capabilities of each individual device in the new model are, by design, much weaker than those of an abstract computer, we show that some of the most important and extensively studied distributed computing problems can still be solved efficiently.

AB - A new model that depicts a network of randomized finite state machines operating in an asynchronous environment is introduced. This model, that can be viewed as a hybrid of the message passing model and cellular automata is suitable for applying the distributed computing lens to the study of networks of sub-microprocessor devices, e.g., biological cellular networks and man-made nano-networks. Although the computation and communication capabilities of each individual device in the new model are, by design, much weaker than those of an abstract computer, we show that some of the most important and extensively studied distributed computing problems can still be solved efficiently.

KW - Cellular automata

KW - Efficient algorithms

KW - Finite state machines

KW - Message passing

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84883495384&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1145/2484239.2484244

DO - 10.1145/2484239.2484244

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AN - SCOPUS:84883495384

SN - 9781450320658

T3 - Proceedings of the Annual ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing

SP - 137

EP - 146

BT - PODC 2013 - Proceedings of the 2013 ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing

T2 - 2013 ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing, PODC 2013

Y2 - 22 July 2013 through 24 July 2013

ER -