Leases: An efficient fault-tolerant mechanism for distributed file cache consistency

Leases: An efficient fault-tolerant mechanism for distributed file cache consistency - Gray & Cheriton 1989 This paper introduced the leasing model for distributed systems. Leases are conceptually very straightforward and bring a surprising number of benefits for such a simple mechanism. Also in this paper you'll find the simple formulas that can help you figure … Continue reading Leases: An efficient fault-tolerant mechanism for distributed file cache consistency

A few useful things to know about machine learning

A few useful things to know about machine learning - Domingos 2012 Developing successful machine learning applications requires a substantial amount of 'black art' that is hard to find in textbooks This paper looks at twelve key lessons including pitfalls to avoid, important issues to focus on, and answers to common questions. The paper was … Continue reading A few useful things to know about machine learning

Enabling blockchain innovations with pegged sidechains

Enabling blockchain innovations with pegged sidechains - Back et al. 2014 A very topical choice today. Last week a number of key players in the Bitcoin ecosystem published a paper (see link above) discussing a mechanism ('pegged sidechains') to allowed continued innovation and evolution of Bitcoin and related blockchain-based solutions. From the abstract: Since the … Continue reading Enabling blockchain innovations with pegged sidechains

Improving Cloud Service Resilience using Brownout-aware Load Balancing

Improving Cloud Service Resilience using Brownout-aware Load Balancing - Klein et al 2014 This is what the previous two #themorningpaper selections have been building to. What happens when you apply brownout techniques to a set of load-balanced servers? We study how to extend the classical cloud service architecture composed of a load-balancer and replicas with … Continue reading Improving Cloud Service Resilience using Brownout-aware Load Balancing

Brownout: building more robust cloud applications

Brownout: building more robust cloud applications - Klein et al. 2014 How can we design cloud applications to be resilient in the face of varying resources and user load, and always deliver the best possible user experience? That's a pretty important question these days, and Klein et al. report on a very interesting new development … Continue reading Brownout: building more robust cloud applications