Cloudburst: stateful functions-as-a-service

Cloudburst: stateful functions-as-a-service, Sreekanti et al., arXiv 2020 Today's paper choice is a fresh-from-the-arXivs take on serverless computing from the RISELab at Berkeley, addressing some of the limitations outlined in last year's 'Berkeley view on serverless computing.' Stateless is fine until you need state, at which point the coarse-grained solutions offered by current platforms limit ... Continue Reading

Seamless offloading of web app computations from mobile device to edge clouds via HTML5 Web Worker migration

Seamless offloading of web app computations from mobile device to edge clouds via HTML5 web worker migration, Jeong et al., SoCC'19 [^1] This paper caught my eye for its combination of an intriguing idea (opportunistic offload of computation from mobile devices to the edge) and the elegance of the way the web worker interface supports ... Continue Reading

SLOG: serializable, low-latency, geo-replicated transactions

SLOG: serializable, low-latency, geo-replicated transactions Ren et al., VLDB'19 SLOG is another research system motivated by the needs of the application developer (aka, user!). Building correct applications is much easier when the system provides strict serializability guarantees. Strict serializability reduces application code complexity and bugs, since it behaves like a system that is running on ... Continue Reading

Software-defined far memory in warehouse scale computers

Software-defined far memory in warehouse-scale computers Lagar-Cavilla et al., ASPLOS'19 Memory (DRAM) remains comparatively expensive, while in-memory computing demands are growing rapidly. This makes memory a critical factor in the total cost of ownership (TCO) of large compute clusters, or as Google like to call them "Warehouse-scale computers (WSCs)." This paper describes a "far memory" ... Continue Reading

Seer: leveraging big data to navigate the complexity of performance debugging in cloud microservices

Seer: leveraging big data to navigate the complexity of performance debugging in cloud microservices Gan et al., ASPLOS'19 Last time around we looked at the DeathStarBench suite of microservices-based benchmark applications and learned that microservices systems can be especially latency sensitive, and that hotspots can propagate through a microservices architecture in interesting ways. Seer is ... Continue Reading

An open-source benchmark suite for microservices and their hardware-software implications for cloud & edge systems

An open-source benchmark suite for microservices and their hardware-software implications for cloud & edge systems Gan et al., ASPLOS'19 Microservices are well known for producing ‘death star’ interaction diagrams like those shown below, where each point on the circumference represents an individual service, and the lines between them represent interactions. Systems built with lots of ... Continue Reading