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CAP theorem is mostly misunderstood

I have always been a big fan of the CAP theorem and its corollary PACELC. There are so many articles that talk about these theorems. However, they often end up making misdirected claims by categorizing systems one way or another. After much googling, I was not able to find a single article that clearly explained […]

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Distributed Durability in MySQL

This blog post proposes modifications to the MySQL semi-sync replication process in order to improve the overall consistency and resilience of the system. This is based on my previous blog post on Flexible Paxos and the related paper Flexible Paxos: Quorum intersection revisited by Howard, Malkhi and Spiegelman. Background Durability requirements have changed over the last few years. Traditional systems […]

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A More Flexible Paxos

With systems getting more and more distributed, the Paxos algorithm has been gaining popularity. However, a major drawback with today‚Äôs configurations is that you cannot run too many Paxos servers in a quorum. The sweet spot seems to be five servers. Those who run only three have to deal with the risk of downtime. Those […]