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In the big data world, our data stores communicate over an asynchronous, unreliable network to provide a facade of consistency. However, to really understand the guarantees of these systems, we must understand the realities of networks and test our data stores against them.
Jepsen is a tool which simulates network partitions in data stores and helps us understand the guarantees of our systems and its failure modes. In this talk, I will help you understand why you should care about network partitions and how can we test datastores against partitions using Jepsen. I will explain what Jepsen is and how it works and the kind of tests it lets you create. We will try to understand the subtleties of distributed consensus, the CAP theorem and demonstrate how different data stores such as MongoDB, Cassandra, Elastic and Solr behave under network partitions. Finally, I will describe the results of the tests I wrote using Jepsen for Apache Solr and discuss the kinds of rare failures which were found by this excellent tool.