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Data Storage for Social Networks

A Socially Aware Approach


  • Discusses existing storage solutions for today's most popular online social networks (OSNs).

  • Hot topic of social networks will appeal to a broad readership

  • Fuses existing literature and new methods


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Optimization book series (BRIEFSOPTI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Duc A. Tran
    Pages 1-12
  3. Duc A. Tran
    Pages 13-25
  4. Duc A. Tran
    Pages 27-33
  5. Duc A. Tran
    Pages 35-41
  6. Duc A. Tran
    Pages 43-44
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 45-47

About this book


Evidenced by the success of Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, online social networks (OSNs) have become ubiquitous, offering novel ways for people to access information and communicate with each other. As the increasing popularity of social networking is undeniable, scalability is an important issue for any OSN that wants to serve a large number of users. Storing user data for the entire network on a single server can quickly lead to a bottleneck, and, consequently, more servers are needed to expand storage capacity and lower data request traffic per server. Adding more servers is just one step to address scalability.

The next step is to determine how best to store the data across multiple servers. This problem has been widely-studied in the literature of distributed and database systems. OSNs, however, represent a different class of data systems. When a user spends time on a social network, the data mostly requested is her own and that of her friends; e.g., in Facebook or Twitter, these data are the status updates posted by herself as well as that posted by the friends. This so-called social locality should be taken into account when determining the server locations to store these data, so that when a user issues a read request, all its relevant data can be returned quickly and efficiently. Social locality is not a design factor in traditional storage systems where data requests are always processed independently.

Even for today’s OSNs, social locality is not yet considered in their data partition schemes. These schemes rely on  distributed hash tables (DHT), using consistent hashing to assign the users’ data to the servers. The random nature of DHT leads to weak social locality which has been shown to result in poor performance under heavy request loads.

Data Storage for Social Networks: A Socially Aware Approach is aimed at reviewing the current literature of data storage for online social networks and discussing new methods that take into account social awareness in designing efficient data storage.


Data Replication Data Storage Distributed Systems Online Social Networks Socially Aware Networks

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of MassachusettsBostonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Data Storage for Social Networks
  • Book Subtitle A Socially Aware Approach
  • Authors Duc A. Tran
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Optimization
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Duc A. Tran 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics Mathematics and Statistics (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4614-4635-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4614-4636-1
  • Series ISSN 2190-8354
  • Series E-ISSN 2191-575X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 47
  • Number of Illustrations 10 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Optimization
    Database Management
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Industry Sectors
Finance, Business & Banking


From the reviews:

“This short and concisely presented survey concludes with a discussion of two socially aware systems: S-PUT, for data partitioning, and S-CLONE, for data replication. The latter part of the book discusses these systems in detail, including system design, algorithms (with equations), and analysis results. … I recommend it as an enjoyable read for anyone who is interested in database design, especially in the context of social media applications. Computer science students especially should look at it.” (Alyx Macfadyen, ACM Computing Reviews, December, 2012)

“The objective of this book is to present a new approach to social data storage which optimizes the distribution and replication of data. … The book is clearly written and structured, also the illustrations help readers to understand the presented concepts. The book is aimed at graduate and PhD students, software engineers and researchers interested in designing and implementing efficient distributed storage systems.” (Mihai Gabroveanu, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1257, 2013)