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Overcoming CAP with Consistent Soft-State Replication
Feb. 2012 (vol. 45 no. 2)
pp. 50-58
Kenneth P. Birman, Cornell University
Daniel A. Freedman, Cornell University
Qi Huang, Cornell University
Patrick Dowell, Cornell University
New data-consistency models make it possible for cloud computing developers to replicate soft state without encountering the limitations associated with the CAP theorem.

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Index Terms:
CAP theorem, Isis², soft-state replication, cloud computing
Citation:
Kenneth P. Birman, Daniel A. Freedman, Qi Huang, Patrick Dowell, "Overcoming CAP with Consistent Soft-State Replication," Computer, vol. 45, no. 2, pp. 50-58, Feb. 2012, doi:10.1109/MC.2011.387
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