Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

David Cyganski, Advisor

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

William R. Michalson, Committee Member

Faculty Advisor or Committee Member

David Cordella, Committee Member




"Distributed systems are clusters of computers working together on one task. The sharing of information across different architectures, and the timely and efficient use of the network resources for communication among computers are some of the problems involved in the implementation of a distributed system. In the case of a low latency system, the network utilization and the responsiveness of the communication mechanism are even more critical.

This thesis introduces a new approach for the distribution of messages to computers in the system, in which, the Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA) is used in conjunction with IP multicast to implement a fault-tolerant, low latency distributed system. Fault tolerance is achieved by replication of the current state of the system across several hosts. An update of the current state is initiated by a client application that contacts one of the state object replicas. The new information needs to be distributed to all the members of the distributed system (the object replicas).

This state update is accomplished by using a two-phase commit protocol, which is implemented using a binary tree structure along with IP multicast to reduce the amount of network utilization, distribute the computation load associated with state propagation, and to achieve faster communication among the members of the distributed system. The use of IP multicast enhances the speed of message distribution, while the two-phase commit protocol encapsulates IP multicast to produce a reliable multicast service that is suitable for fault tolerant, distributed low latency applications. The binary tree structure, finally, is essential for the load sharing of the state commit response collection processing.



Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Degree Name



Electrical & Computer Engineering

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Date Accepted





multicast, CORBA, commit protocol, fault tolerance, Electronic data processing, Distributed processing, Fault-tolerant computing