Federal University of Santa Catarina
Replication is often considered a cost-effective solution for building dependable systems with off-the-shelf hardware. Replication software is usually designed to tolerate crash faults, but Byzantine (or arbitrary) faults such as software bugs are well-known to affect transactional DataBase Management Systems (DBMSs) as many other classes of software. Despite the maturity of replication technology, Byzantine fault-tolerant replication of databases remains a challenging problem. The paper presents MITRA, a middleware for replicating DBMSs and making them tolerant to Byzantine faults. MITRA is designed to offer transparent replication of off-the-shelf DBMSs with replicas from different vendors.