The State Machine Approach '08

 

Another contribution to Wikipedia.org.  This is a "survey of surveys" covering a technique for building fault-tolerant systems.  This paper's goal was mainly to compress the description of the technique and clarify several points, specifically regarding message ordering.

    The State Machine Approach '08 [PDF]
    Wikipedia.org: State Machine Replication

This article puts the Paxos Survey in a larger context.  While Paxos solves an important facet of distributed computing, there are many additional details which require the attention of system developers.