Here we build on the end of lecture 5 and start to think about new kinds of platform services that can make a system more autonomic.
One, inspired by lecture 5, would be a system-wide fault detection service. We’ll build one later in the course. Then we talk about other autonomic services.
Gossip is a powerful tool in building such services. We introduce gossip and show how it can be used to send event notifications (such as “node A has crashed”) very robustly.