Database Replication: a Tale of Research across Communities

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Database Replication: a Tale of Research across Communities
Replication is a key mechanism to achieve scalability and fault-tolerance in databases. Its importance has recently been further increased because of the role it plays in achieving elasticity at the database layer. In database replication, the biggest challenge lies in the trade-off between performance and consistency. A decade ago, performance could only be achieved through lazy replication at the expense of transactional guarantees. The strong consistency of eager approaches came with a high cost in terms of reduced performance and limited scalability. Postgres-R combined results from distributed systems and databases to develop a replication solution that provided both scalability and strong consistency. The use of group communication primitives with strong ordering and delivery guarantees together with optimized transaction handling (tailored locking, transferring logs instead of re-executing updates, keeping the message overhead per transaction constant) were a drastic departure...
Bettina Kemme, Gustavo Alonso
Added 30 Jan 2011
Updated 30 Jan 2011
Type Journal
Year 2010
Authors Bettina Kemme, Gustavo Alonso
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