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Title:GNuggies: A proposal for hosting resilient stateless services using untrusted nodes
Author(s):Agarwal, Harshit
Advisor(s):Gupta, Indranil
Department / Program:Computer Science
Discipline:Computer Science
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:M.S.
Genre:Thesis
Subject(s):Distributed systems
distributed computing
grid computing
public cloud
incentive mechanism
crowdsourced cloud
serverless computing
untrusted machines
web services
censorship
volunteer compute
Abstract:This thesis outlines a proposal for a serverless cloud compute system hosted on untrusted nodes. We call this proposed system “GNuggies”. It is designed to feel instantly familiar to existing serverless offerings such as AWS Lambda or Azure Cloud Functions. The key difference between GNuggies and existing offerings is that GNuggies proposes leveraging spare compute resources by allowing anyone to contribute nodes into the system. These contributed nodes must be treated as untrusted and this is where the bulk this thesis’s contributions arise: 1. A proposed architecture that adapts well understood Distributed Systems concepts to situations involving untrusted nodes and to run in the absence of central authorities. 2. A proposed system wherein actors choose to contribute spare compute and are effectively incentivized to do so. 3. An incentive structure that makes actors less willing to behave in a malicious manner. This thesis discusses the methods to be used and evaluates their strengths and weaknesses. It also argues that decentralized serverless is a direction that the internet will potentially benefit from moving towards.
Issue Date:2018-04-26
Type:Thesis
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/101062
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 Harshit Agarwal
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-09-04
Date Deposited:2018-05


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