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06 Aug ACID

A transaction standard for database (mostly relational) manipulation that delivers immediate consistency. ACID stands for:

  • Atomicity: Either the task (or all tasks) within a transaction are performed or none of them are. This is the all-or-none principle. If one element of a transaction fails the entire transaction fails.
  • Consistency: The transaction must meet all protocols or rules defined by the system at all times. The transaction does not violate those protocols and the database must remain in a consistent state at the beginning and end of a transaction; there are never any half-completed transactions.
  • Isolation: No transaction has access to any other transaction that is in an intermediate or unfinished state. Thus, each transaction is independent unto itself. This is required for both performance and consistency of transactions within a database.
  • Durability: Once the transaction is complete, it will persist as complete and cannot be undone; it will survive system failure, power loss and other types of system breakdowns.

(from Dataversity: http://www.dataversity.net/acid-vs-base-the-shifting-ph-of-database-transaction-processing/)

Some big data standards use distributed models with BASE transactions.

 

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