Paper 2022/027

Speeding Dumbo: Pushing Asynchronous BFT Closer to Practice

Bingyong Guo, Yuan Lu, Zhenliang Lu, Qiang Tang, Jing Xu, and Zhenfeng Zhang


Asynchronous BFT consensus can implement robust mission-critical decentralized services in the unstable or even adversarial wide-area network without relying on any form of timing assumption. Starting from the work of HoneyBadgerBFT (CCS 2016), several studies tried to push asynchronous BFT towards practice. In particular, in a recent work of Dumbo (CCS 2020), they redesigned the protocol backbone and used one multi-valued validated Byzantine agreement (MVBA) to replace $n$ concurrent asynchronous binary agreement (ABA) protocols and dramatically improved the performance. Despite those efforts, asynchronous BFT protocols remain to be slow, and in particular, the latency is still quite large. There are two reasons contributing to the inferior performance: (1) the reliable broadcast (RBC) protocols still incur substantial costs; (2) the MVBA protocols are quite complicated and heavy, and all existing constructions need dozens of rounds and take the majority of he overall latency. We first present a new construction of asynchronous BFT that replaces RBC instance with a cheaper broadcast component. It not only reduces the $O(n^3)$ message complexity incurred by $n$ RBCs to $O(n^2)$, but also saves up to 67% communications (in the presence of a fair network scheduler). Moreover, our technical core is a new MVBA protocol, Speeding MVBA, which is concretely more efficient than all existing MVBAs. It requires only 6 rounds in the best case and expected 12 rounds in the worst case (by contrast, several dozens of rounds in the MVBA from Cachin et al. [12] and the recent Dumbo-MVBA [32], and around 20 rounds in the MVBA from Abraham et al. [4]). Our new technique of the construction might be of independent interests. We implemented Speeding Dumbo and did extensive tests among up to 150 EC2 t2.medium instances evenly allocated in 15 AWS regions across the globe. The experimental results show that Speeding Dumbo reduces the latency to about a half of Dumbo's, and also doubles the throughput of Dumbo, through all system scales from 4 nodes to 150 nodes. We also did tests to benchmark individual components such as the broadcasts and the MVBA protocols, which may be of interests for future improvements.

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Published elsewhere. Minor revision. NDSS 22
Asynchronous protocolsByzantine-fault toleranceBlockchain consensusmulti-valued validated agreement
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bingyong2017 @ iscas ac cn
luyuan @ iscas ac cn
zhlu9620 @ uni sydney edu au
qiang tang @ sydney edu au
xujing @ iscas ac cn
zhenfeng @ iscas ac cn
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      author = {Bingyong Guo and Yuan Lu and Zhenliang Lu and Qiang Tang and Jing Xu and Zhenfeng Zhang},
      title = {Speeding Dumbo: Pushing Asynchronous BFT Closer to Practice},
      howpublished = {Cryptology ePrint Archive, Paper 2022/027},
      year = {2022},
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