Resetting Vector Clocks in Distributed Systems

Li-Hsing Yen*, Ting Lu Huang

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This paper establishes the necessary and sufficient condition for a correct clock resetting such that the functionality of vector clocks can be preserved. A clock reset protocol is presented with its applicability and limitation discussed. Our result indicates that for some applications, the potential of clock overflow can be completely prevented by carefully choosing the condition for initiating the clock reset protocol.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-20
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Parallel and Distributed Computing
Issue number1
StatePublished - 25 May 1997


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