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Low Latency Reads in Geo-Distributed SQL with Raft Leader Leases

Low Latency Reads in Geo-Distributed SQL with Raft Leader Leases

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In this blog post, we are going to dive deep into the read performance of Raft – why read performance can take a hit and how it can be improved using leader leases. Additionally, we will also look at how to make the correctness guarantees around leader leases stronger.

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6 Technical Challenges Developing a Distributed SQL Database

6 Technical Challenges Developing a Distributed SQL Database

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We crossed the three year mark of developing the YugabyteDB database in February of 2019. It has been a thrilling journey thus far, but not without its fair share of technical challenges. There were times when we had to go back to the drawing board and even sift through academic research to find a better solution than what we had at hand.

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How Does the Raft Consensus-Based Replication Protocol Work in YugabyteDB?

How Does the Raft Consensus-Based Replication Protocol Work in YugabyteDB?

Editor’s note: This post was originally published August 8, 2018 and has been updated as of May 28, 2020.

As we saw in ”How Does Consensus-Based Replication Work in Distributed Databases?”, Raft has become the consensus replication algorithm of choice when it comes to building resilient, strongly consistent systems. YugabyteDB uses Raft for both leader election and data replication. Instead of having a single Raft group for the entire dataset in the cluster,

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Practical Tradeoffs in Google Cloud Spanner, Azure Cosmos DB and YugabyteDB

Practical Tradeoffs in Google Cloud Spanner, Azure Cosmos DB and YugabyteDB

Updated April 2019.

The famed CAP Theorem has been a source of much debate among distributed systems engineers. Those of us building distributed databases are often asked how we deal with it. In this post, we dive deeper into the consistency-availability tradeoff imposed by CAP which is only applicable during failure conditions. We also highlight the lesser-known-but-equally-important consistency-latency tradeoff imposed by the PACELC Theorem that extends CAP to normal operations.

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Building a Strongly Consistent Cassandra with Better Performance

Building a Strongly Consistent Cassandra with Better Performance

In an earlier blog on database consistency, we had a detailed discussion on the risks and challenges applications face in dealing with eventually consistent NoSQL databases. We also dispelled the myth that eventually consistent DBs perform better than strongly consistent DBs. In this blog, we will look more closely into how YugabyteDB provides strong consistency while outperforming an eventually consistent DB like Apache Cassandra. Note that YugabyteDB retains drop-in compatibility with the Cassandra Query Language (CQL) API.

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