• Modern Datastores: Three Case Studies

    December 22, 2016

    The storage of persistent data requires data structures that use the capabilities of a block store to organize and index information for efficient and complete retrieval. Traditionally file systems were the data structures organizing block stores. The traditional alternative to a file system as a database, which constituted an entirely different field of computing than […]

  • DNS and Eventual Consistency

    December 9, 2016

    Overview The internet Domain Name System (DNS) is an distributed, highly available database of facts, called Resource Records (RR) relevant to the operation of the Internet. Created by Paul Mockapetris in 1983, it is a harbinger for the highly available, distributed databases of today. The DNS system answers queries about the collection of RR’s by […]

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