Broadcast disks: data management for asymmetric communication environments

Broadcast Disks: Data Management for Asymmetric Communication Environments - Acharya et al. 1997. (This is the fourth of Peter Alvaro's 'desert island paper' selections). Do you remember teletext? Before the web, this was the only on-demand information service for the general population. In the UK, we had the wonderful Ceefax. You would choose your page … Continue reading Broadcast disks: data management for asymmetric communication environments

TAG: A Tiny Aggregation Service for ad-hoc Sensor Networks

TAG: A Tiny Aggregation Service for ad-hoc Sensor Networks - Madden et al. 2002 ** updated broken link above ** This is the third in a series of 5 'desert island paper' selections from Peter Alvaro. The topics discussed in this paper seem so highly relevant to the current hope and excitement for the Internet … Continue reading TAG: A Tiny Aggregation Service for ad-hoc Sensor Networks

Generative Communication in Linda

Generative Communication in Linda - Gelernter 1985 This is the second of five papers selected by Peter Alvaro as part of his 'Desert Island papers' nominations. Generative communication is the basis of a new distributed programming language called Linda... Where most distributed languages are partially distributed in space and nondistributed in time, Linda is fully … Continue reading Generative Communication in Linda

Knowledge and Common Knowledge in a Distributed Environment

Knowledge and Common Knowledge in a Distributed Environment - Halpern & Moses '90 (initial version 1984). This is the first of five 'Desert island papers' chosen by Peter Alvaro, and what a great choice to kick the week off with. It's a long read, coming in at 36 pages (45 if you include the proofs … Continue reading Knowledge and Common Knowledge in a Distributed Environment

The Chubby lock service for loosely coupled distributed systems

The Chubby lock service for loosely coupled distributed systems - Burrows '06 This paper describes the Chubby lock service at Google, which was designed as a coarse-grained locking service, found use mostly as a name service and configuration repository, and inspired the creation of Zookeeper. [Chubby's] design is based on well-known ideas that have meshed … Continue reading The Chubby lock service for loosely coupled distributed systems

Enterprise Database Applications and the Cloud: A difficult road ahead

Enterprise Database Applications and the Cloud: A difficult road ahead - Stonebraker et al. 2014 In the rush to the cloud, stateless application components are well catered for but state always makes things more complicated. In this paper, Stonebraker et al. set out some of the reasons enterprise database applications present challenges to cloud migration. … Continue reading Enterprise Database Applications and the Cloud: A difficult road ahead