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A batteries included framework for building fault-tolerance distributed data systems

6 releases (breaking)

0.7.1 Jun 22, 2023
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#236 in Asynchronous

MIT license


lnx Datacake

Easy to use tooling for building eventually consistent distributed data systems in Rust.

"Oh consistency where art thou?" - CF.

Features ✨

  • Simple setup, a cluster can be setup and ready to use with one trait.
  • Adjustable consistency levels when mutating state.
  • Data center aware replication prioritisation.
  • Pre-built test suite for Storage trait implementations to ensure correct functionality.

The packages

Datacake provides several utility libraries as well as some pre-made data store handlers:

  • datacake-crdt - A CRDT implementation based on a hybrid logical clock (HLC) provided in the form of the HLCTimestamp.
  • datacake-node - A cluster membership system and managed RPC built on top of chitchat.
  • datacake-eventual-consistency - Built on top of datacake-crdt, a batteries included framework for building eventually consistent, replicated systems where you only need to implement a basic storage trait.
  • datacake-sqlite - A pre-built and tested implementation of the datacake Storage trait built upon SQLite.
  • datacake-lmdb - A pre-built and tested implementation of the datacake Storage trait built upon LMDB.
  • datacake-rpc - A fast, zero-copy RPC framework with a familiar actor-like feel to it.


Check out some pre-built apps we have in the example folder

You can also look at some heavier integration tests here

Single Node Cluster

Here's an example of a basic cluster with one node that runs on your local network, it uses almost all of the packages including:

  • datacake-node for the core node membership.
  • datacake-crdt for the HLCTimestamp and CRDT implementations
  • datacake-eventually-consistency for the eventually consistent replication of state.
  • datacake-rpc bundled up with everything for managing all the cluster RPC.
use std::net::SocketAddr;
use datacake::node::{Consistency, ConnectionConfig, DCAwareSelector, DatacakeNodeBuilder};
use datacake::eventual_consistency::test_utils::MemStore;
use datacake::eventual_consistency::EventuallyConsistentStoreExtension;

async fn main() -> anyhow::Result<()> {
    let addr = "".parse::<SocketAddr>().unwrap();
    let connection_cfg = ConnectionConfig::new(addr, addr, Vec::<String>::new());
    let node = DatacakeNodeBuilder::<DCAwareSelector>::new(1, connection_cfg)
        .expect("Connect node.");

    let store = node
        .expect("Create store.");
    let handle = store.handle();

            b"Hello, world! From keyspace 1.".to_vec(),
        .expect("Put doc.");

Why does Datacake exist?

Datacake is the result of my attempts at bringing high-availability to lnx unlike languages like Erlang or Go, Rust currently has a fairly young ecosystem around distributed systems. This makes it very hard to build a replicated system in Rust without implementing a lot of things from scratch and without a lot of research into the area to begin with.

Currently, the main algorithms available in Rust is Raft which is replication via consensus, overall it is a very good algorithm, and it's a very simple to understand algorithm however, I'm not currently satisfied that the current implementations are stable enough or are maintained in order to choose it. (Also for lnx's particular use case leader-less eventual consistency was more preferable.)

Because of the above, I built Datacake with the aim of building a reliable, well tested, eventual consistent system akin to how Cassandra or more specifically how ScyllaDB behave with eventual consistent replication, but with a few core differences:

  • Datacake does not require an external source or read repair to clear tombstones.
  • The underlying CRDTs which are what actually power Datacake are kept purely in memory.
  • Partitioning and sharding is not (currently) supported.

It's worth noting that Datacake itself does not implement the consensus and membership algorithms from scratch, instead we use chitchat developed by Quickwit which is an implementation of the scuttlebutt algorithm.

Inspirations and references


Contributions are always welcome, although please open an issue for an idea about extending the main cluster system if you wish to extend or modify it heavily as something's are not always as simple as they seem.

What sort of things could I contribute?

🧪 Tests! 🧪 Tests! 🧪 Tests! Joking aside testing is probably the most important part of the system, extending these tests in any way you might think of, big or small is a huge help :)

Future Ideas

  • Multi-raft framework?
  • CASPaxos???
  • More storage implementations?


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