Read the Replicated Data Consistency Explained Through Baseball paper.

This paper is relatively light on technical details, but should give you an understanding of different consistency guarantees, and how a system chooses which guarantee to use. Section 2 explains some different guarantees, and Sections 3 and 4 walk through some examples that illustrate places where each guarantee might be used.

Pay close attention to Table 2, which rates each type of guarantee in terms of consistency, performance, and availability. Though the paper doesn't give the technical details that lead to these ratings, you should be able to reason about them based on what you've seen in lecture.

As you read, think about the following:

Question for Recitation

Before you come to this recitation, write up (on paper) a brief answer to the following (really—we don't need more than a couple sentences for each question). If your TA has requested that you email your answer to them, you may do that instead, but it should still be handed in before your recitation begins.

Your answers to these questions should be in your own words, not direct quotations from the paper.

As always, there are multiple correct answers for each of these questions.