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Foundations of Knowledge for Distributed Systems

Michael J. Fisher, Neil Immerman
We give a simple, yet very general definition for distributed protocols. We then define notions of knowledge and common knowledge appropriate for these protocols. We study how changes in the states of knowledge relate to more standard notions of computation. We find that by restricting our formulas to certain sets of global states we can realize different, appropriate definitions of knowledge with fundamentally different properties.
December 1985.
@techreport{dsknowledge-yaletr450,
	Author = {Fisher, Michael J. and Immerman, Neil},
	Institution = {Yale University},
	Month = dec,
	Number = 450,
	Title = {Foundations of Knowledge for Distributed Systems},
	Type = {Technical Report},
	Url = {http://www.cs.yale.edu/publications/techreports/tr450.pdf},
	Year = 1985}