Speed for the Elite, Consistency for the Masses: Differentiating Eventual Consistency in Large-Scale Distributed Systems
2016 IEEE 35th Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems (2016)
Sept. 26, 2016 to Sept. 29, 2016
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/SRDS.2016.032
Eventual consistency is a consistency model that emphasizes liveness over safety, it is often used for its ability to scale as distributed systems grow larger. Eventual consistency tends to be uniformly applied to an entire system, but we argue that there is a growing demand for differentiated eventual consistency requirements. We address this demand with UPS, a novel consistency mechanism that offers differentiated eventual consistency and delivery speed by working in pair with a two-phase epidemic broadcast protocol. We propose a closed-form analysis of our approach's delivery speed, and we evaluate our complete mechanism experimentally on a simulated network of one million nodes. To measure the consistency trade-off, we formally define a novel and scalable consistency metric that operates at runtime. In our simulations, UPS divides by more than 4 the inconsistencies experienced by a majority of the nodes, while reducing the average latency incurred by a small fraction of the nodes from 6 rounds down to 3 rounds.
Uninterruptible power systems, Protocols, Convergence, Global Positioning System, Clocks, Large-scale systems
D. Frey, A. Mostefaoui, M. Perrin, P. Roman and F. Taiani, "Speed for the Elite, Consistency for the Masses: Differentiating Eventual Consistency in Large-Scale Distributed Systems," 2016 IEEE 35th Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems(SRDS), Budapest, Hungary, 2016, pp. 197-206.