AtlasDB is a transactional layer on top of a key value store. When designing a data store to be scalable, transactions are usually the first feature to be cut. However they are one of the most useful features for developers. AtlasDB allows any key value store that supports durable writes to have transactions. Once you have transactions, indexes are also easy to add because updates to rows can just update the indexes and include those writes in a single transaction. Provided are KeyValueService implementations of LevelDB and Cassandra, but any data store worth its salt should make a fine storage layer.


AtlasDB uses classic MVCC and supports Snapshot Isolation and Serializable Snapshot Isolation. SI must keep track of the write set in memory to detect write/write conflicts. SSI must also keep the read set in memory to detect read/write conflicts. This means that write transactions are expected to be reasonably short lived. Read-only transactions are allowed to run for longer and will never conflict with other transactions.


AtlasDB can store keys and values using atlasdb-api directly, but using Schemas can get you type safety, more readable code and remove a lot of boilerplate serialization code. AtlasDB contains a Java DSL to define schemas and a proto representation that gets stored in the K/V store that can be used by other tools to inspect the values. Schema tables can be rendered to Java classes to easily access tables and keep indexes up to date given the schema.

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