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Li, Xiao ; Chan, Eric ; Lesani, Mohsen

Quorum Subsumption for Heterogeneous Quorum Systems

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Byzantine quorum systems provide higher throughput than proof-of-work and incur modest energy consumption. Further, their modern incarnations incorporate personalized and heterogeneous trust. Thus, they are emerging as an appealing candidate for global financial infrastructure. However, since their quorums are not uniform across processes anymore, the properties that they should maintain to support abstractions such as reliable broadcast and consensus are not well-understood. It has been shown that the two properties quorum intersection and availability are necessary. In this paper, we prove that they are not sufficient. We then define the notion of quorum subsumption, and show that the three conditions together are sufficient: we present reliable broadcast and consensus protocols, and prove their correctness for quorum systems that provide the three properties.

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  author =	{Li, Xiao and Chan, Eric and Lesani, Mohsen},
  title =	{{Quorum Subsumption for Heterogeneous Quorum Systems}},
  booktitle =	{37th International Symposium on Distributed Computing (DISC 2023)},
  pages =	{28:1--28:19},
  series =	{Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs)},
  ISBN =	{978-3-95977-301-0},
  ISSN =	{1868-8969},
  year =	{2023},
  volume =	{281},
  editor =	{Oshman, Rotem},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-191541},
  doi =		{10.4230/LIPIcs.DISC.2023.28},
  annote =	{Keywords: Distributed Systems, Impossibility Results, Byzantine fault tolerance}

Keywords: Distributed Systems, Impossibility Results, Byzantine fault tolerance
Collection: 37th International Symposium on Distributed Computing (DISC 2023)
Issue Date: 2023
Date of publication: 05.10.2023

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