Reading Group

Every week we present and discuss one relatively recent distributed systems paper. The goal of the reading group is to discuss the papers and share the knowledge. Our participants come from academia and industry and often carry a unique perspective and knowledge on the subject matter. The reading group enables sharing this knowledge and expertise.


We start each meeting with a short presentation of the paper by one of the participants. We record the presentation and later upload it to YouTube. After the presentation, we move into a group discussion of the paper. This part is not on the record to make sure we can speak freely about the paper. However, I try to write a discussion summary for each meeting and post it here.

Meeting Info

Current Paper Schedule

  1. Fault-tolerant and transactional stateful serverless workflows – December 23rd [YouTube]
  2. Toward a Generic Fault Tolerance Technique for Partial Network Partitioning – January 6th [Summary] [YouTube]
  3. hXDP: Efficient Software Packet Processing on FPGA NICs – January 13th – [Summary] [YouTube]
  4. Virtual Consensus in Delos – January 20th [Summary] [YouTube]
  5. A large scale analysis of hundreds of in-memory cache clusters at Twitter – January 27th [Summary] [YouTube]
  6. Cobra: Making Transactional Key-Value Stores Verifiably Serializable – February 3rd [Summary][YouTube]
  7. Microsecond Consensus for Microsecond Applications  – February 10th [Summary][YouTube]
  8. Performance-Optimal Read-Only Transactions – February 17th [Summary][YouTube]
  9. Pegasus: Tolerating Skewed Workloads in Distributed Storage with In-Network Coherence Directories – February 24th [Summary][YouTube]
  10. FlightTracker: Consistency across Read-Optimized Online Stores at Facebook – March 3rd [Summary][YouTube]
  11. Heterogeneity-Aware Cluster Scheduling Policies for Deep Learning Workloads – March 10th
  12. Sundial: Fault-tolerant Clock Synchronization for Datacenters – March 17th
  13. Protean: VM Allocation Service at Scale – March 24th
  14. Aragog: Scalable Runtime Verification of Shardable Networked Systems – March 31st

Future Papers (##51-60)

  1. Distributed Snapshots: Determining Global States of a Distributed System – April 7th – :classical_building: Classical/Foundation Paper
  2. Facebook’s Tectonic Filesystem: Efficiency from Exascale – April 14th
  3. New Directions in Cloud Programming – April 21st
  4. Paxos vs Raft: Have we reached consensus on distributed consensus? – April 28th
  5. Protocol-Aware Recovery for Consensus-Based Storage – May 5th
  6. chainifyDB: How to get rid of your Blockchain and use your DBMS instead – May 12th
  7. XFT: practical fault tolerance beyond crashes – May 19
  8. Cerebro: A Layered Data Platform for Scalable Deep Learning – May 26th
  9. Multitenancy for Fast and Programmable Networks in the Cloud – June 2nd
  10. Exploiting Symbolic Execution to Accelerate Deterministic Databases – June 9th