Scientific Annals of Computer Science

"Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iaşi

RDA: A Coq Library to Reason about Randomised Distributed Algorithms in the Message Passing Model

Published in Volume XXVI, Issue 2, 2016, p. 157–186, doi: 10.7561/SACS.2016.2.157

Authors: A. Fontaine, A. Zemmari


Distributed algorithms have received considerable attention and were studied intensively in the past few decades. Under some hypotheses on the distributed system, there is no deterministic solution to certain classical problems. Randomised solutions are then needed to solve those problems. Probabilistic algorithms are generally simple to formulate. However, their analysis can become very complex, especially in the field of distributed computing.

In this paper, we formally model in Coq a class of randomised distributed algorithms. We develop some tools to help proving impossibility results about classical problems and analysing this class of algorithms. As case studies, we examine the handshake and maximal matching problems. We show how to use our tools to formally prove properties about algorithms solving those problems.

Keywords: Distributed Algorithm, Randomised Algorithm, Analyses, Formal Proof, Proof Assistant

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