Building a Database on S3

There has been a great deal of hype about Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3). S3 provides infinite scalability and high availability at low cost. Currently, S3 is used mostly to store multi-media documents (videos, photos, audio) which are shared by a community of people and rarely updated. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the opportunities and limitations of using S3 as a storage system for general-purpose database applications which involve small objects and frequent updates. Read, write, and commit protocols are presented.

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