ZAB Algorithm

ZAB is an atomic broadcast algorithm, which orders and executes concurrent requests in a sequential manner.

It consists of two modes:

  • Recovery: When the service starts or after a leader failure. Ends when a leader emerges and a quorum of servers have synchronized their state with the leader
  • Broadcast: The leader is the server that executes a broadcast by initiating the broadcast protocol. Once a leader has synchronized with a quorum of followers, it begins to broadcast messages

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BASE involves step-by-step transformation of a transactional application into one that will be far more concurrent and less rigid, it stands for “Basically Available Soft-State Services with Eventual Consistency”

  • Basically Available: Fast response even if some replicas are slow or crashed
    • BASE paper describes: In data centers, partitioning faults are very rare and are mapped to crash failures by forcing the isolated machines to reboot
  • Soft-State Service: No durable memory
    • Can’t store any permanent data
    • Restarts in a “clean” state after a crash
    • To remember data, either replicate it in memory in enough copies to never lose all in any crash, or pass it to some other service that keeps “hard state”
  • Eventual Consistency: OK to send “optimistic” answers to the external client
    • Could use cached data (without checking for staleness)
    • Could guess at what the outcome of an update will be
    • Might skip locks, hoping that no conflicts will happen
    • Later, if needed, correct any inconsistencies in an offline clean up activity

ACID is a model for correct behavior of databases with the following properties:

  • Atomicity: Even if “transactions” have multiple operations, does them to completion (commit) or rolls back so that they leave no effect (abort)
  • Consistency: A transaction that runs on a correct database leaves it in a correct (“consistent”) state.
  • Isolation: It looks as if each transaction ran all by itself. Basically says “we’ll hide any concurrency”, it runs all its operation in a sequential manner
  • Durability: Once a transaction commits, updates can’t be lost or rolled back

Related article: CAP theorem

Consensus with paxos

Paxos is an algorithm to achieve consensus in asynchronous distributed system model. More about Paxos can be found unter:

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Emerging technologies relating to big data

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Apache ZooKeeper: A highly available, scalable, distributed, configuration, consensus, group membership, leader election, naming, and coordination service, which implements a degenerated version of Paxos algorithm, called ZAB (a total ordered broadcast protocol).


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