The Jean-Claude Laprie Award recognizes outstanding papers that have significantly influenced the theory and/or practice of Dependable Computing. "The Byzantine Generals Problem" is the seminal paper on Byzantine Fault Tolerance, a design that enables a redundant system to handle malfunctioning computer components sending conflicting information to different parts of a system. This concept is expressed abstractly as a group of Byzantine generals, who, communicating only by messenger, must overcome their geographic separation and the traitors among them in order to make a unanimous decision about whether to attack an enemy army. Byzantine fault-tolerant algorithms must cope with communication failures in a way that allows the loyal generals (or non-faulty components) to reach an agreement.
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