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CRDT toolbox

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CRDT toolbox

The CRDT toolbox provides a collection of basic Conflict-free replicated data types as well as a common interface for defining your own CRDTs

If you don't know what a CRDT is, watch this

Definitions

  • CRDT - A Conflict-Free Replicated Data-Type as defined by the INRIA paper.
  • Payload - A JSON serializable representation of the CRDT's internal state
  • Value - The computed, usable value

Goals

  • Storage-Independence
  • Standard API
  • Compound CRDTs

Storage-Independent

To accomplish storage independence, the payload is exposed publically and as a simple JSON friendly data structures.

The public visibility of the payload allows the CRDTs to be loaded and stored independent of how it is stored.

While there exists serialization formats that allow non-JSON friendly structures -- such pickling a set -- targeting the lowest common denominator of JSON allows the possibility to serialize into a large number of formats.

Standard API

base.StateCRDT API

The base.StateCRDT class defines the interface for State-based CRDTs

Abstract Methods/Properties
__init__(self)

Creates a new CRDT at it's initial state

@property payload

This is the serializable representation of the CRDT's internal state. The data SHOULD be defined in simple types that can be represented as JSON, i.e. strings, numbers, dicts and lists.

@property value

This is the computed value of the CRDT.

@classmethod merge(cls, X, Y)

This merges the two CRDT instances

Built-in Methods

clone(self)

Creates a new copy of the CRDT instance

@classmethod from_payload(cls, payload)

Create a new CRDT instance with the given payload

Compound CRDTs

One property of CRDTs is that CRDTs made of CRDTs are automatically a CRDT. This enables Compound CRDTs. Here is a sample implementation of a friendship:

from crdt.sets import LWWSet
from crdt.base import StateCRDT


class Friendship(StateCRDT):
    def __init__(self):
        # The user key is considered constant among replicas
        # so no CRDT is needed
        self.user_key  = None
        self.following = LWWSet()
        self.followers = LWWSet()

    def get_payload(self):
        assert self.user_key, \
          "Can not generate a payload without a user_key"

        return {
            "user_key": self.user_key,
            "following": self.following.payload,
            "followers": self.followers.payload,
        }

    def set_payload(self, payload):
       self.following = LWWSet.from_payload(payload['following'])
       self.followers = LWWSet.from_payload(payload['followers'])

       self.user_key  = payload['user_key']

    payload = property(get_payload, set_payload)

    @property
    def value(self):
        return {
            "user_key": self.user_key,
            "following": self.following.value,
            "followers": self.followers.value,
            }

    @classmethod
    def merge(cls, X, Y):
        assert X.user_key == Y.user_key, "User keys do not match"
        assert X.user_key is not None, "user_key must be set"

        following = LWWSet.merge(X.following, Y.following)
        followers = LWWSet.merge(X.following, Y.following)

        new = cls()
        new.user_key = X.user_key
        new.following = following
        new.followers = followers

        return new

    #
    # Friendship API
    # 
    def follow(self, friend):
        self.following.add(friend.user_key)
        friend.followers.add(self.user_key)

    def unfollow(self, friend):
        self.following.discard(friend.user_key)
        friend.followers.discard(self.user_key)

Now this object can easily be stored and retrieved

import os
import json
from friendship import Friendship


def load(user_key):
    filename = "./%s.friendship.json" % user_key
    if os.path.exists(filename):
        with open(filename) as fh:
            return Friendship.from_payload(json.load(fh))
    else:
        new = Friendship()
        new.user_key = user_key
        return new


def store(friendship):
    filename = "./%s.friendship.json" % friendship.user_key

    with open(filename, "w") as fh:
        json.dump(friendship.payload, fh)


def friend_glenn():
    eric = load("eric")
    glenn = load("glenn")

    eric.follow(glenn)

    store(eric)
    store(glenn)

friend_glenn()

eric = load("eric")

print "Is eric following glenn?", "glenn" in eric.following

References

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