[Riak KV] Adding new algorithm

Christopher Meiklejohn cmeiklejohn at basho.com
Fri Feb 13 12:05:55 EST 2015

> On Feb 13, 2015, at 11:59 AM, nikhilrane <mastsonu5 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello Chris,
> thank you for the quick reply. To put simply, I am planning to change Riak
> in a way that it can support pluggable replication strategies. For instance,
> as Riak supports /backends/ selection through a simple property file, I
> would implement some replication algorithms and switch them using such a
> property.
> My main motto is towards strict consistency algorithms. Hence excavating the
> "put" flow to start with. Will it be possible for you to guide me in some
> direction?
> Thank you,
> Nikhil.

Hi Nikhil,

Can you clarify which consistency models you’d like to support?

For instance, riak_ensemble’s integration with riak_kv shows a straightforward
example of getting single-key serializability, however, if you wanted to provide
something along the lines of causal consistency (or non-monotonic snapshot
isolation), you’ll most likely need to write a new coordinator mechanism and 
perform significant rewrites of the kv_vnode, as some of these mechanisms
require locking, and the ability to store multiple versions of keys in the data

- Chris

Christopher Meiklejohn
Senior Software Engineer
Basho Technologies, Inc.
cmeiklejohn at basho.com

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