Failover in cellular automata

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This paper studies a phenomenon called failover, and shows that this phenomenon (in particular, stateless failover) can be modeled by Game of Life cellular automata. This is the first time that this sophisticated real-life system behavior has been modeled in abstract terms. A cellular automata (CA) configuration is constructed that exhibits emergent failover. The configuration is based on standard Game of Life rules. Gliders and glider-guns form the core messaging structure in the configuration. The blinker is represented as the basic computational unit, and it is shown how it can be recreated in case of a failure. Stateless failover using the primary-backup mechanism is demonstrated. The details of the CA components used in the configuration and its working are described, and a simulation of the complete configuration is also presented. © 2011 Published by Elsevier B.V.

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Kumar, S., & Rao, S. (2011). Failover in cellular automata. In Physics Procedia (Vol. 22, pp. 557–564). Elsevier B.V. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.phpro.2011.11.086

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