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Paxos Made Live - An Engineering Perspective (2006 Invited Talk)

Proceedings of the 26th Annual ACM Symposium on Principles of Distributed Computing, ACM press (2007)


We describe our experience in building a fault-tolerant data-base using the Paxos consensus algorithm. Despite the existing literature in the field, building such a database proved to be non-trivial. We describe selected algorithmic and engineering problems encountered, and the solutions we found for them. Our measurements indicate that we have built a competitive system.

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