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A logical clock is a mechanism for capturing chronological and causal relationships in a distributed system.
Logical clock algorithms of note are:
- Lamport timestamps, which are monotonically increasing software counters.
- Vector clocks, that allow for partial ordering of events in a distributed system.
- Version vectors, order replicas, according to updates, in an optimistic replicated system.
- Matrix clocks, an extension of vector clocks that also contains information about other processes' views of the system.