Is Riak suitable for s small-record write-intensive billion-records application?

Guido Medina guido.medina at
Fri Oct 19 11:47:29 EDT 2012

Locking mechanism on a single server is easy, on a cluster is not, 
that's why you don't see too many multi masters databases right? Riak 
instead focused on high availability and partitioning, but no 
consistency, if you notice, consistency is related with locking, with 1 
single access per key, so you have to decide which one you focus.

 From the Java world and specifically from the ConcurrentMap<K, V> 
idiom, you use put-if-absent or

As Pseudo language you:
*lock(key) (be synchronized or re-entrant lock, doesn't matter)*

Once you get the lock, you verify if exists, if it doesn't create it, if 
it does, exit the lock ASAP, since it is meant to be a very quick atomic 

Regarding siblings, Riak allow you to create many copies of the same 
key, and when you fetch that key, you get all the copies so YOU have to 
figure out how to assemble a consistent copy of your data base on all 
the written versions you have (because there is no distribute lock per key)

I don't think I can explain in two more paragraph, you will have to 
watch this presentation:

I'm limited to a certain level...

On 19/10/12 16:32, Les Mikesell wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 8:02 AM, Guido Medina <guido.medina at> wrote:
>> It depends, if you have siblings enabled at the bucket, then you need to
>> resolve the conflicts using the object vclock,
> How does that work for simultaneous initial inserts?
>> if you are not using
>> siblings, last write wins, either way, I haven't got any good results by
>> delegating that tasks to Riak, with siblings, eventually I ran Riak out in
>> speed of the writes making Riak fail (Due to LevelDB write speed?). And with
>> last write wins then I don't think you would want unexpected results, and
>> hence my recommendation: We use two things to resolve such issues; in-memory
>> cache + locking mechanism.
> The problem is where the inserting client should handle new keys and
> updates differently, or at least be aware that its insert failed or
> will be ignored later.
>> For the last quote, the locking mechanism if well designed will always take
>> care of that.
> If it is easy, why doesn't riak handle it?

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