PS-CRDTs: CRDTs in highly volatile environments

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The implementation of collaborative applications in highly volatile environments, such as the ones composed of mobile devices, requires low coordination mechanisms. The replication without coordination semantics of Conflict-Free Replicated Data Types (CRDTs) makes them a natural solution for these execution contexts. However, the current CRDT models require each replica to know all other replicas beforehand or to discover them on-the-fly. Such solutions are not compatible with the dynamic ingress and egress of nodes in volatile environments. To cope with this limitation, we propose the Publish/Subscribe Conflict-Free Replicated Data Type (PS-CRDT) model that combines CRDTs with the publish/subscribe interaction model, and, with that, enable the spatial and temporal decoupling of update propagation. We implemented PS-CRDTs in Thyme, a reactive storage system for mobile edge computing. Our experimental results show that PS-CRDTs require less communication than other CRDT-based solutions in volatile environments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)755-767
Number of pages13
JournalFuture Generation Computer Systems
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2023


  • Consistency
  • CRDTs
  • Edge computing
  • Mobile computing
  • Publish/subscribe
  • Replication


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