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Clonos: Consistent Causal Recovery for Highly-Available Streaming Dataflows


Stream processing lies in the backbone of modern businesses, being employed for mission critical applications such as real-time fraud detection, car-trip fare calculations, traffic management, and stock trading. Large-scale applications are executed by scale-out stream processing systems on thousands of long-lived operators, which are subject to failures.

Recovering from failures fast and consistently are both top priorities, yet they are only partly satisfied by existing fault tolerance methods due to the strong assumptions these make. In particular, prior solutions fail to address consistency in the presence of nondeterminism, such as calls to external services, asynchronous timers and processing-time windows.

This paper describes Clonos, a fault tolerance approach that achieves fast, local operator recovery with exactly-once guarantees and high availability by instantly switching to passive standby operators. Clonos enforces causally consistent recovery, including output deduplication, by tracking nondeterminism within the system through causal logging.

To implement Clonos we re-engineered many of the internal subsystems of a state of the art stream processor. We evaluate Clonos’ overhead and recovery on the Nexmark benchmark against Apache Flink. Clonos achieves instant recovery with negligible overhead and, unlike previous work, does not make assumptions on the deterministic nature of operators.


Pedro F. Silvestre
TU Delft
Marios Fragkoulis
TU Delft
Diomidis Spinellis
TU Delft
Asterios Katsifodimos
TU Delft

Cite Clonos

  title={Clonos: Consistent Causal Recovery for Highly-Available Streaming Dataflows},
  author={Silvestre, Pedro F and Fragkoulis, Marios and Spinellis, Diomidis and Katsifodimos, Asterios},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 2021 ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data},
  series = {SIGMOD '21},

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