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Life Beyond Distributed Transactions: An Apostate’s Opinion (2016) (acm.org)
67 points by Cieplak on Jan 10, 2018 | hide | past | web | favorite | 7 comments



This (fantastic) paper is cited in the Google Megastore paper [1] and we actually use the term "entity group" in our product [2] indirectly because of it. Pat Helland is always worth reading; thanks to the submitter for the reminder.

[1] https://static.googleusercontent.com/media/research.google.c...

[2] https://cloud.google.com/datastore/docs/articles/balancing-s...


I would need to read it again, but it smells a lot like high platform availability combined with small traffic, and it looks like a pita to support it (except for the cases where they refuse to support the customers)


It is really worth reading for anyone doing any highly scalable services (micro or not). This article just pin point any issue we have stumbled on in my current job.


I have always liked this paper. Pat Helland is a fountain of ideas. Another good one is "Immutability Changes Everything." http://cidrdb.org/cidr2015/Papers/CIDR15_Paper16.pdf


Isn’t the definition of “entity” here very similar to the original 1970s Smalltalk definition of “object”?


2007 ... updated version here http://queue.acm.org/detail.cfm?id=3025012


Thanks! Url and date updated above. Submitter url was http://adrianmarriott.net/logosroot/papers/LifeBeyondTxns.pd....

Submitted interestingly many times without discussion: https://hn.algolia.com/?query=Life%20Beyond%20Distributed%20....




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