Machine learning systems are stuck in a rut

Machine learning systems are stuck in a rut Barham & Isard, HotOS'19 In this paper we argue that systems for numerical computing are stuck in a local basin of performance and programmability. Systems researchers are doing an excellent job improving the performance of 5-year old benchmarks, but gradually making it harder to explore innovative machine … Continue reading Machine learning systems are stuck in a rut

Designing far memory data structures: think outside the box

Designing far memory data structures: think outside the box Aguilera et al., HotOS'19 Last time out we looked at some of the trade-offs between RInKs and LInKs, and the advantages of local in-memory data structures. There’s another emerging option that we didn’t talk about there: the use of far-memory, memory attached to the network that … Continue reading Designing far memory data structures: think outside the box

Fast key-value stores: an idea whose time has come and gone

Fast key-value stores: an idea whose time has come and gone Adya et al., HotOS'19 No controversy here! Adya et al. would like you to stop using Memcached and Redis, and start building 11-factor apps. Factor VI in the 12-factor app manifesto, "Execute the app as one or more stateless processes," to be dropped and … Continue reading Fast key-value stores: an idea whose time has come and gone

Nines are not enough: meaningful metrics for clouds

Nines are not enough: meaningful metrics for clouds Mogul & Wilkes, HotOS'19 It’s hard to define good SLOs, especially when outcomes aren’t fully under the control of any single party. The authors of today’s paper should know a thing or two about that: Jeffrey Mogul and John Wilkes at Google1! John Wilkes was also one … Continue reading Nines are not enough: meaningful metrics for clouds

A case for managed and model-less inference serving

A case for managed and model-less inference serving Yadwadkar et al., HotOS'19 HotOS’19 is presenting me with something of a problem as there are so many interesting looking papers in the proceedings this year it’s going to be hard to cover them all! As a transition from the SysML papers we’ve been looking at recently, … Continue reading A case for managed and model-less inference serving