Patent Number: 8,719,227

Title: Dynamic membership management in a distributed system

Abstract: Transactional database replication techniques are disclosed that do not require altering of the database management system implementation. A replicator module includes a dynamic membership manager, which is configured to manage the persistent membership of a coordination group. The persistent membership can be, for example, a durable set of sites that can replicate changes amongst themselves. Changes from sites not in the persistent membership are discarded. The set of recovered members is a subset of the persistent membership. The persistent membership changes incrementally by either removing or adding members. Failed members may still be part of the persistent membership. The dynamic membership manager module manages the modification of the persistent membership, initialization of replicas, and propagation of membership information.

Inventors: Rousseau; Benjamin A. (Somerville, MA), Hu; Carl (Arlington, MA), Tompkins, Jr.; Frederick A. (Londonderry, NH)

Assignee: Progress Software Corporation

International Classification: G06F 7/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/06/12018