Spread [was: Books on writing distributed systems]

Steve Purkis steve at purkis.ca
Wed Mar 26 13:41:02 GMT 2008

On Mar 26, 2008, at 10:59, Mark Blackman wrote:
> On 25 Mar 2008, at 20:03, Simon Wistow wrote:
>> Is there any decent literature on writing systems that keep data  
>> in sync
>> in a master-master/live fail over kind of way. I seem to have 3  
>> projects
>> on that all have that requirements in that area.
>> To be clear - I'm aware that there *is* literature out there on this
>> stuff, I'm just looking for a recommendation. At the moment I'm  
>> leaning
>> towards Tannenbaum's book because, well, he rocks.
>> Additionally, are there any libraries out there that generically  
>> do this
>> sort of thing i.e have a binary blob of data that's kept in sync  
>> between
>> n>1 machines?
> http://www.spreadconcepts.com/publications.html

We were considering using spread as a storage layer for Zimki last  
year, but never got the chance to try it.  Has anybody had any good/ 
bad experiences with it?

On that - has anyone else tried Sava's Spread perl bindings?


I've not tried them out yet, and while it isn't available on CPAN it  
seems a bit more up to date & maintained than the Spread.pm I did  
find on CPAN.  Unfortunately from what I can tell, they've walked  
over the root namespace with packages like 'Mailbox':


Though maybe I'm mis-reading that...


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