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A Pragmatic Implementation of e-Transactions
Frolund, Svend; Guerraoui, Rachid
Keyword(s): reliability; fault-tolerance; transaction processing; exactly-once
Abstract: Three-tier applications have nice properties, which make them scalable and manageable: clients are thin and servers are stateless. However, it is challenging to implement, or even define, end-to-end reliability for such applications. Furthermore, it is especially hard to make these applications reliable without violating their nice properties . In our previous work, we have identified e-transactions as a desirable and practical end-to-end reliability guarantee for three-tier applications. Essentially, an e-transaction guarantees that the server-side transactional side- effect happens exactly-once, and that the client receives the result of the server-side computation. Thus, e-transactions mask server and database failures relative to the client. We present in this paper a pragmatic implementation of e-transactions that maintains the nice properties of three-tier applications in the special, but very common, case of a single backend database.
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