Encyclopedia of Database Systems

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

Middleware Support for Precise Failure Semantics

  • Vivien QuémaEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_1544


Providing support for precise failure semantics requires defining an appropriate correctness criterion for replicated action execution of a replication algorithm. Such a correctness criterion allows formally verifying that a sequence of actions is executed correctly. In the context of replication, a sequence of actions executed is correctly if their side-effect appears to have happened exactly-once.

Historical Background

Reasoning about the behavior of concurrent programs has been an active research area during the past decades. Of particular interest in this area are the works on linearizability, a consistency criterion for concurrent objects [4], and on serializability, a consistency criterion for concurrent transactions [5]. These two criteria facilitate certain kinds of formal reasoning by transforming assertions about complex concurrent behavior into assertions about simpler sequential behavior. Moreover, these consistency criteria are local properties: the correctness...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CNRS, INRIASaint-Ismier CedexFrance

Section editors and affiliations

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