Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
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Replication Based on Group Communication

  • Fernando PedoneEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_312


Database replication based on group communication encompasses protocols that implement database replication using the primitives available in group communication systems. Most commonly, these replication protocols ensure strong data consistency (e.g., serializability, snapshot isolation), which translates into ordering requirements on the data operations. Protocols not based on group communication primitives should implement this ordering from scratch, typically in some ad-hoc manner. Implementing ordering guarantees is not an easy task, notably in the presence of failures since it is usually difficult to determine the state a failed server was in when the crash occurred. Group communication primitives offer message reliability and ordering properties that simplify the design of replication protocols. As a consequence, database replication protocols based on group communication are usually highly modular.

Historical Background

Group communication was introduced in the 1980s....

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI)LuganoSwitzerland