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A Reservation-Based Extended Transaction Protocol
February 2008 (vol. 19 no. 2)
pp. 188-203
With the advent of the new generation of Internet-based technology, in particular Web Services, the automation of business activities that are distributed across multiple enterprises becomes possible. Business activities are different from traditional transactions in that they are typically asynchronous, loosely-coupled and long-running. Therefore, extended transaction protocols are needed to coordinate business activities that span multiple enterprises. Existing extended transaction protocols typically rely on compensating transactions to handle exceptional conditions. In this paper we identify a number of issues with compensation-based extended transaction protocols, and describe a reservation-based extended transaction protocol that addresses those issues. Moreover, we define a set of properties, analogous to the ACID properties of traditional transactions, that are more appropriate for business activities that span multiple enterprises. In addition, we compare our reservation protocol with other extended transaction protocols for coordinating business activities, and present performance analyses and results.

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Index Terms:
Business Activity, Continuous Availability, Extended Transaction Model, Isolation, Relaxed Atomicity, Reservation Protocol, Transaction Processing, Web Services
Wenbing Zhao, Louise E. Moser, P. M. Melliar-Smith, "A Reservation-Based Extended Transaction Protocol," IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 188-203, Feb. 2008, doi:10.1109/TPDS.2007.70727
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