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Distributed Computing by Mukesh Singhal, Ajay D. Kshemkalyani

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CHAPTER 11

Global predicate detection

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11.1  Stable and unstable predicates

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Specifying predicates on the system state provides an important handle to specify, observe, and detect the behavior of a system. This is useful in formally reasoning about the system behavior. By being able to detect a specified predicate in the execution, we gain the ability to monitor the execution. Predicate specification and detection has uses in distributed debugging, sensor networks used for sensing in various applications, and industrial process control. As an example ...

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