Logic and lattices for distributed programming

Neil Conway, William R. Marczak, Peter Alvaro, Joseph M. Hellerstein, David Maier
2012 Proceedings of the Third ACM Symposium on Cloud Computing - SoCC '12  
In recent years there has been interest in achieving application-level consistency criteria without the latency and availability costs of strongly consistent storage infrastructure. A standard technique is to adopt a vocabulary of commutative operations; this avoids the risk of inconsistency due to message reordering. Another approach was recently captured by the CALM theorem, which proves that logically monotonic programs are guaranteed to be eventually consistent. In logic languages such as
more » ... oom, CALM analysis can automatically verify that programs achieve consistency without coordination. In this paper we present Bloom L , an extension to Bloom that takes inspiration from both of these traditions. Bloom L generalizes Bloom to support lattices and extends the power of CALM analysis to whole programs containing arbitrary lattices. We show how the Bloom interpreter can be generalized to support efficient evaluation of lattice-based code using well-known strategies from logic programming. Finally, we use Bloom L to develop several practical distributed programs, including a key-value store similar to Amazon Dynamo, and show how Bloom L encourages the safe composition of small, easy-to-analyze lattices into larger programs.
doi:10.1145/2391229.2391230 dblp:conf/cloud/ConwayMAHM12 fatcat:4cjawmlrirbpnlitfh2mom4rqa