Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Middleware Support for Database Replication and Caching

  • Emmanuel CecchetEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_1538


Database replication is a technique that aims at providing higher availability and performance than a single RDBMS. A database replication middleware implements a number of replication algorithms on top of existing RDBMS. Features provided by the replication middleware include load balancing, caching, and fault tolerance.

Historical Background

Database replication is a well-known mechanism for performance scaling and availability of databases across a wide range of requirements. Limitations of 2-phase commit and synchronous replication have been pointed out early on by Gray et al. [7]. Since then, research on middleware-based replication addresses these issues and tries to provide solutions for better performance and availability while maintaining consistency guarantees for applications.


Database replication is a wide area of research that encompasses multiple architectures and possible designs. This entry does not address in-core database replication, where the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.EPFLLausanneSwitzerland

Section editors and affiliations

  • Cristiana Amza
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Elec. and Comp. Eng.Univ. of TorontoTorontoCanada