Why A Chairman Ain’t the Master Replica


As a distributed, ACID-compliant database, we get a lot of questions about how NuoDB works, and how it compares to more well-known architectures. In particular, people want to understand how NuoDB compares to a master / master architecture, and (related) how we handle lock management. This post will discuss both. We will also discuss when shared-nothing architecture is viable and when conflicting decisions need to coordinated.

In this blog post, we will discuss the concept of Chairmanship, NuoDB’s answer to distributed coordination. We will prove that Chairmanship is both consistent and resilient to failure. But before we go into the details, let us explore the basics of NuoDB architecture.

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