Data Centers

Using Paxos to Build a Scalable, Consistent, and Highly Available Datastore

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Executive Summary

Spinnaker is an experimental datastore that is designed to run on a large cluster of commodity servers in a single datacenter. It features key-based range partitioning, 3-way replication, and a transactional get-put API with the option to choose either strong or timeline consistency on reads. This paper describes Spinnaker's Paxos-based replication protocol. The use of Paxos ensures that a data partition in Spinnaker will be available for reads and writes as long a majority of its replicas are alive. Unlike traditional master-slave replication, this is true regardless of the failure sequence that occurs.

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