setting up distributed environment

Serge Aleynikov <>
Wed Aug 30 15:30:20 CEST 2006

It's a bit unclear what do you mean by a 'master' node.  Mnesia doesn't 
have a notion of a master or slave.  Any node that has a replicated 
table can have local writes to that table that will be propagated to 
other replicas.  The level of control that mnesia gives you is what 
nodes host disk/ram copies of a table.

In your application you could have two nodes running on two separate 
hosts with tables created using 'disc_copies' option.  The mnesia 
application would need to be started with the 'extra_db_nodes' option 
containing these two nodes ['', ''].  The remaining 
nodes could have mnesia started with the same 'extra_db_nodes' option, 
and have these tables replicated as ram_copies if needed.  This option 
would be applicable if you needed to provide quick local access to 
tables by some other node ''.

You should be concerned with the fact that the more nodes you have a 
table replicated to, the longer each transactional write to such a table 
will take, and also the more sensitive your overall solution will be to 
intermittent network outages.



Igor Goryachev wrote:
> Hello everyone.
> I am going to setup erlangish application. My purpose is to make it
> fault-tolerant by replicating it's mnesia over several nodes. Still I
> have some doubts concerned with setting master nodes.
> I will have two machines for the first time (lets consider ''
> and ''). Am I right I am going to make '' master node
> of '' and vice versa. Any thoughts? Well, and what about when
> number of nodes more that two?
> Thank you veru much for the attention.

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