Wednesday, August 14, 2013

RAFT - In Search Of An Understandable Consensus Algorithm

If like many humans you've found even Paxos Made Simple a bit difficult to understand, you might enjoy RAFT as described in In Search of an Understandable Consensus Algorithm by Stanford's Diego Ongaro and John Ousterhout. The video presentation of the paper is given by John Ousterhout. Both the paper and the video are delightfully accessible.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the talk came late in the discussion when Peter commented that he was astounded that an academic paper already has so many open source implementations. RAFT already has 40 or so different implementations in many different languages.

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