Byzantine Generals Problem (拜占庭将军问题 bài zhàntíng jiāng jūn wèn tí) refers to the classical problem in distributed computing when different ends try to agree on a course of action or the state of a system by exchanging information over an unreliable and potentially compromised network.
Part 1: Breakdown of Words
- “拜占庭” (bài zhàn tíng) is the transliteration of “Byzantine”, an ancient empire located at the eastern Mediterranean.
- “General” (将军 jiāng jūn) refers to a commander of an army or a senior military officer.
- “Problem” (问题 wèn tí) as in “math problem” (数学问题 shù xué wèn tí).