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Transaction Management

Intro to VoltDB Command Logging

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

VoltDB’s new command logging feature reduces the window of data loss during a cluster wide failure from single digit minutes (the window between snapshots) to zero. Command logging can be tuned to give you the same amazing latency and throughput you get from VoltDB, even on a single 7.2k SATA disk. Our unique approach to log based durability exploits the determinism and replication inherent in VoltDB’s architecture to avoid the overhead and latency of ARIES style logging.

How We Log

A command log is kept at every node and contains partially ordered stored procedure invocations.

The Lifecycle of a Transaction

Thursday, June 10, 2010

When learning about VoltDB for the first time, people often ask how VoltDB executes transactions in a distributed environment. So, here’s how…


Let’s say a developer, Dan, is working on a new website. He’s decided to use VoltDB as part of his data management layer. One of Dan’s users requests a dynamically generated page and the code that generates that page sends a request to Dan’s VoltDB cluster. The excitement begins.


Dan’s code asks the VoltDB client library to execute his procedure named “GetUserProfile” and provides the user’s handle, “dbNerd”, as a parameter.

VoltDB Command Logging Replay

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

In the previous blog post, Ariel Weisberg described how VoltDB’s command logging feature works. He also briefly mentioned how we replay command logs during the recovery process. In this post, I am going to focus on the replay process and discuss how VoltDB recovers from catastrophic events.

Goals of Command Logging Replay

The goals of command logging replay are pretty simple:

  1. Ensure that the recovered database is 100% accurate to the last usable transaction in the command log
  2. Complete the recovery process in the shortest possible time

Command logging obviously adds important new functionality to

VoltDB’s New Command Logging Feature

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

We, at VoltDB, are excited to tell you about the command logging feature that we’ve been working on this summer. We’ve built this feature because our customers asked for it, and they’ve given us some great feedback on how it should work. Here’s a heads up to get you thinking about how you can make use of this new functionality.


So what’s command logging and why are we so excited about it? First, let me remind you of VoltDB’s snapshot functionality. A database snapshot is exactly what it sounds like — a point-in-time copy of the database contents written to disk.