Quorum Placement on Wide-Area Networks
Source: Carnegie Mellon University
Content distribution networks are the dominant technology for distributing shared media on todays Internet. There are several types of content for which these systems have been proven highly successful: static databases, streaming media, online gaming. At the same time this architecture is not appropriate for other types of applications such as transactional databases that require both strong consistency and wide area replication. One scalable technique that can cope with these requirements is to deploy quorum systems on wide area networks. The most important drawback of this approach comes from the performance penalties that one has to pay when accessing data over the wide area.