Research for practice continues in its fourth installment by bringing you a pair of paper selections on distributed transactions and sensing with the aid of physical networks.
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First, Irene Zhang delivers a whirlwind tour of recent developments in distributed concurrency control. If you thought distributed transactions were prohibitively expensive, Irene's selections may prompt you to reconsider: The use of atomic clocks, clever replication protocols, and new means of commit ordering all improve performance at scale.
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