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Optimistic Aborts for Geo-distributed Transactions

by Theo Jepsen, Leandro Pacheco de Sousa, Huynh Tu Dang, Fernando Pedone, Robert Soulé


Network latency can have a significant impact on the performance of transactional storage systems, particularly in wide area or geo-distributed deployments. To reduce latency, systems typically rely on a cache to service read-requests closer to the client. However, caches are not effective for write-heavy workloads, which have to be processed by the storage system in order to maintain serializability.

This paper presents a new technique, called optimistic abort, which reduces network latency for high-contention, write-heavy workloads by identifying transactions that will abort as early as possible, and aborting them before they reach the store. We have implemented optimistic abort in a system called Gotthard, which leverages recent advances in network data plane programmability to execute transaction processing logic directly in network devices. Gotthard examines network traffic to observe and log transaction requests. If Gotthard suspects that a transaction is likely to be aborted at the store, it aborts the transaction early by re-writing the packet header, and routing the packets back to the client. Gotthard significantly reduces the overall latency and improves the throughput for high-contention workloads.


Technical report 2016/05, October 2016

BibTex entry

@techreport{16optimistic, author = {Theo Jepsen and Leandro Pacheco de Sousa and Huynh Tu Dang and Fernando Pedone and Robert Soulé}, title = {Optimistic Aborts for Geo-distributed Transactions}, institution = {University of Lugano}, number = {2016/05}, year = 2016, month = oct }
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