This talk was due to be presented at JAX London 2013, but the speaker was unfortunately unable to attend.
Distributed data stores give us increased availability, linear scalability, predictable latency and improved fault tolerance. The flip-side is having to deal with inconsistencies: most distributed databases will ask your application layer how to resolve such inconsistencies. Conflict-free Replicated Data Types (CRDTs) are a way for a distributed database, such as Riak, to resolve those inconsistencies logically and automatically. Unlike traditional data structures, there is always a single state on which they converge.
In this talk, I’ll look at the development of CRDTs from an academic project to implementation in Riak.
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