Explicit two-phase commit (2PC) v4
An application can explicitly opt to use two-phase commit with BDR. See Distributed Transaction Processing: The XA Specification.
The X/Open Distributed Transaction Processing (DTP) model envisions three software components:
- An application program (AP) that defines transaction boundaries and specifies actions that constitute a transaction
- Resource managers (RMs, such as databases or file-access systems) that provide access to shared resources
- A separate component called a transaction manager (TM) that assigns identifiers to transactions, monitors their progress, and takes responsibility for transaction completion and for failure recovery
BDR supports explicit external 2PC using the
PREPARE TRANSACTION and
ROLLBACK PREPARED commands. Externally, a EDB Postgres Distributed cluster
appears to be a single resource manager to the transaction manager for a
local, the transaction is prepared only
on the local node. Once committed, changes are replicated, and
BDR then applies post-commit conflict resolution.
bdr.commit_scope set to
local might not seem to make sense with
explicit two-phase commit, but the option is offered to allow you
to control the tradeoff between transaction latency and robustness.
Explicit two-phase commit doesn't work with either CAMO or the global commit scope. Future releases might enable this combination.
Two-phase commits with a local commit scope work exactly like standard PostgreSQL. Use the local commit scope and disable CAMO.
To start the first phase of the commit, the client must assign a global transaction id, which can be any unique string identifying the transaction:
After a successful first phase, all nodes have applied the changes and are prepared for committing the transaction. The client must then invoke the second phase from the same node:
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