Using COPAR to Facilitate Quick Distribution of Disaster Relief

J.M. Crichlow, S. Hartley (USA), and M. Hosein (Trinidad)


Distributed System, Transaction Processing, Replica Control and Management


Getting relief quickly to people and areas of need in large scale disaster situations is a concern that arises ever so frequently. Computer technologies can be very helpful in these situations and in particular a computerized distributed system to manage resources could be quite appropriate. In order to increase availability of resources in a distributed system some or all of the data items are replicated and stored at separate sites. We have built a distributed service, COPAR that manages updates to widely deployed counter-like replicas. We demonstrate in this paper how COPAR can be used in the distribution of disaster relief.

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