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Using Atomic Actions in Replica Groups to Simplify the Replication Implementation

Bouwmeester, Leon

HPL-93-96

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Abstract: In a distributed systems infrastructure, replication can be supported by the use of groups. This requires complex protocols to implement certain ordering and delivery guarantees. Using atomic actions in the infrastructure allows the use of simpler protocols since failures of these protocols to deliver these guarantees can now be managed within the atomic actions. Side effects of using atomic actions are that a group has its own responsibility of maintaining its collection of group members and that a group member can be multi-threaded.

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