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K. Taranov, G. Alonso, T. Hoefler:

 Fast and strongly-consistent per-item resilience in key-value stores

(ISBN: 978-1-4503-5584-1/18/04, Apr. 2018, EuroSys '18: Thirteenth EuroSys Conference 2018, April 23--26, 2018, Porto, Portugal )

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In-memory key-value stores (KVSs) provide different forms of resilience through basic rrr-way replication and complex erasure codes such as Reed-Solomon. Each storage scheme exhibits different trade-offs in terms of reliability and resources used (memory, network load, latency, storage required, etc.). Unfortunately, most KVSs support only a single such storage scheme, forcing designers to employ different KVSs for different applications. To address this problem, we have designed a strongly consistent in-memory KVS, Ring, that empowers its users to set the level of resilience on a KV pair basis while still maintaining overall consistency and without compromising efficiency. At the heart of Ring lies a novel encoding scheme, Stretched Reed-Solomon coding, that combines hash key distributions of heterogeneous replication and erasure coding schemes. Ring utilizes RDMA to ensure low latencies and offload communication tasks. Its latency, bandwidth, and throughput are comparable to state-of-the-art systems that do not support changing resilience and, thus, have much higher memory overheads. We show use cases that demonstrate significant memory savings and discuss trade-offs between reliability, performance, and cost. Our work demonstrates how future applications that consciously manage resilience of KV pairs can reduce the overall operational cost and significantly improve the performance of KVS deployments.

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  author={Konstantin Taranov and Gustavo Alonso and Torsten Hoefler},
  title={{Fast and strongly-consistent per-item resilience in key-value stores}},
  note={EuroSys '18: Thirteenth EuroSys Conference 2018, April 23--26, 2018, Porto, Portugal},