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Oracular Byzantine Reliable Broadcast

Authors Martina Camaioni, Rachid Guerraoui, Matteo Monti, Manuel Vidigueira

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Martina Camaioni
  • Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
Rachid Guerraoui
  • Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
Matteo Monti
  • Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
Manuel Vidigueira
  • Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

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Martina Camaioni, Rachid Guerraoui, Matteo Monti, and Manuel Vidigueira. Oracular Byzantine Reliable Broadcast. In 36th International Symposium on Distributed Computing (DISC 2022). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 246, pp. 13:1-13:19, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2022)


Byzantine Reliable Broadcast (BRB) is a fundamental distributed computing primitive, with applications ranging from notifications to asynchronous payment systems. Motivated by practical consideration, we study Client-Server Byzantine Reliable Broadcast (CSB), a multi-shot variant of BRB whose interface is split between broadcasting clients and delivering servers. We present Draft, an optimally resilient implementation of CSB. Like most implementations of BRB, Draft guarantees both liveness and safety in an asynchronous environment. Under good conditions, however, Draft achieves unparalleled efficiency. In a moment of synchrony, free from Byzantine misbehaviour, and at the limit of infinitely many broadcasting clients, a Draft server delivers a b-bits payload at an asymptotic amortized cost of 0 signature verifications, and (log₂(c) + b) bits exchanged, where c is the number of clients in the system. This is the information-theoretical minimum number of bits required to convey the payload (b bits, assuming it is compressed), along with an identifier for its sender (log₂(c) bits, necessary to enumerate any set of c elements, and optimal if broadcasting frequencies are uniform or unknown). These two achievements have profound practical implications. Real-world BRB implementations are often bottlenecked either by expensive signature verifications, or by communication overhead. For Draft, instead, the network is the limit: a server can deliver payloads as quickly as it would receive them from an infallible oracle.

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  • Theory of computation → Distributed algorithms
  • Byzantine reliable broadcast
  • Good-case complexity
  • Amortized complexity
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