Byzantine Fault Tolerance is a mechanism that enables a decentralized, trustless network to function even in the presence of malfunctioning or malicious nodes.
For a trustless network to function successfully, participants adhere to a predetermined consensus mechanism. However, it’s likely some nodes will fail, misbehave, or act maliciously, and as a result give conflicting information to different parts of the network. Byzantine Fault Tolerance (BFT) makes it possible for a network to continue functioning as long as two-thirds of the network remains compliant.
Most common consensus mechanisms, like proof of work and proof of stake, are designed to be Byzantine Fault Tolerant. BFT is based on the Byzantine Generals Problem, an abstract problem that discusses the issue of coping with node failure.
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