Books on writing distributed systems

MacGyveR macgyver at
Wed Mar 26 20:16:35 GMT 2008

On Tuesday 25 Mar 2008, A Smith wrote:
> Hi
> I'm looking at this too from a systems perspective. I've looked at DRBD but
> it still not fully released. LCR(Local Continuous Replication) is another
> acronym for something similar.  I can't believe its not been solved already
> at the mainframe or large Sun/HP system level as  these systems are running
> airline reservation  systems and  bank ATM's.  Linux servers have the same
> resiliency and fail-over needs, almost regardless of organisation size. Why
> re-invent the wheel ?
> Andrew
> On Tue, Mar 25, 2008 at 8:03 PM, Simon Wistow <simon at> 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?

I've used DRBD with linux-ha on a web server cluster running apache/mysql a 
while back, worked fine for me

but i think remember that the docs weren't up to much.

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