In groupware systems a broad range of requirements for user coordination and data consistency need to be supported. The notions of event causality and user awareness are central in such requirements. Traditional transaction models supported in general purpose database management systems with strong consistency guarantees have been found to be unsuitable for groupware systems. Weaker models for data consistency are needed for user awareness and cooperative activities. Objects in the shared workspace need to be managed with different consistency guarantees. Towards such requirements, we examine here the applicability of a distributed transaction management model which supports multilevel consistency. The consistency
levels supported in this model include serializable transactions for strong consistency and weaker consistency models such as Causal
Snapshot Isolation (CSI), CSI with commutative updates, and CSI with asynchronous updates. We review the coordination and data consistency requirements in groupware systems. We show using two examples how replicated shared data in distributed groupware systems can be managed with multiple consistency levels using this model.
Anand Tripathi, "A Transaction Model with Multilevel Consistency for Shared Data in Distributed Groupware Systems," 2016 IEEE 2nd International Conference on Collaboration and Internet Computing, DOI: 10.1109/CIC.2016.041
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This paper applies multi-level consistency model for transaction management and concurrency control in distributed groupware systems with replicated data.
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A Transaction Model with Multilevel Consistency for Shared Data in Distributed Groupware Systems.
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