Log Replication in Raft vs Kafka

  • M. Petrescu Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Babes-Bolyai University, 1 Kogalniceanu St., 400084 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • R. Petrescu Montran Corporation, Romania


The implementation of a fault-tolerant system requires some type of consensus algorithm for correct operation. From Paxos to View-stamped Replication and Raft multiple algorithms have been developed to handle this problem. This paper presents and compares the Raft algorithm and Apache Kafka, a distributed messaging system which, although at a higher level, implements many concepts present in Raft (strong leadership, append-only log, log compaction, etc.).
This shows that mechanisms conceived to handle one class of problems (consensus algorithms) are very useful to handle a larger category in the context of distributed systems.


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How to Cite
PETRESCU, M.; PETRESCU, R.. Log Replication in Raft vs Kafka. Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai Informatica, [S.l.], v. 65, n. 2, p. 66-77, dec. 2020. ISSN 2065-9601. Available at: <https://www.cs.ubbcluj.ro/~studia-i/journal/journal/article/view/59>. Date accessed: 23 feb. 2024. doi: https://doi.org/10.24193/subbi.2020.2.05.