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Webinar Weds 7/25: XA Transactions

Please join Percona Senior MySQL DBA for Managed Services, Dov Endress, as he presents XA Transactions on Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 at 12:00 PM PDT (UTC-7) / 3:00 PM EDT (UTC-4).

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Distributed transactions (XA) are becoming more and more vital as applications evolve. In this webinar, we will learn what distributed transactions are and how MySQL implements the XA specification. We will learn the investigatory and debugging techniques necessary to ensure high availability and data consistency across disparate environments.

This webinar is not intended to be an in-depth look at transaction managers, but focuses on resource managers only. It is primarily intended for database administrators and site reliability engineers.

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Distributed Transactions in Vitess

With Vitess introducing sharding and allowing you to create cross-shard indexes, distributed transactions become unavoidable for certain workloads. Currently, Vitess only supports best-effort distributed transactions. So, it’s possible that a distributed commit only completes partially, leaving data in an inconsistent state.

At this point, 2 Phase Commit (2PC) is the only known protocol that allows you to give atomic guarantees for distributed transactions. For this protocol to work, a database must be able to support the ‘Prepare’ contract. However, not all databases provide such support. Also, some of the engines that do support it either do it incorrectly or inefficiently. Specifically, the pre-5.7 MySQL XA protocol works incorrectly for replication, and is therefore not usable.

The question was asked: Is it possible to build a Prepare protocol on top of a database that does not support it? The answer is: Yes, …

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