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GoshawkDB: Making Time with Vector Clocks



Matthew Sackman discusses dependencies between transactions, how to capture these with Vector Clocks, how to treat Vector Clocks as a CRDT, and how GoshawkDB uses all these ideas and more to achieve a scalable distributed data store with strong serializability, general transactions and fault tolerance.


Matthew Sackman has been building and studying concurrent and distributed systems for over ten years. He built the first prototype of RabbitMQ, and contributed heavily to the design and implementation of many of its core features. He worked on the initial implementation of the Weave router in 2014. In 2015, he built GoshawkDB: a distributed, transactional, fault-tolerant object store.

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May 29, 2016