Building a database on S3

Brantner, Matthias; Florescu†, Daniela; Graf, David; Kossmann, Donald; Kraska, Tim

There has been a great deal of hype about Amazon’s simple storage
service (S3). S3 provides infinite scalability and high availability at
low cost. Currently, S3 is used mostly to store multi-media docu-
ments (videos, photos, audio) which are shared by a community of
people and rarely updated. The purpose of this paper is to demon-
strate the opportunities and limitations of using S3 as a storage sys-
tem for general-purpose database applications which involve small
objects and frequent updates. Read, write, and commit protocols

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