Bayou: Replicated Database Services for World-wide Applications

The Bayou architecture provides scalability, availability, extensibility, and adaptability features that address database storage needs of world-wide applications. In addition to discussing these features, this paper presents Bayou’s mechanisms for permitting the replicas of a database to vary dynamically without global coordination. Key is the use of weak consistency replication among autonomous machines and strict adherence to the tenet that no operation should involve more than two machines.

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