Reading Group

Welcome to the DistSys Reading Group! Every week we present and discuss one distributed systems paper. We try to focus on relatively new papers, although we occasionally break this rule for some important older publications. The main objective of this group is to share knowledge through the discussion. Our participants come from academia and industry and often carry a unique perspective and expertise on the subject matter.

Format

We start each meeting with a short presentation of the paper by one of the group members. We record the presentation and later upload it to YouTube for the general audience. 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 topic and the paper. However, I write a moderated discussion summary for each meeting and post it here. All the summaries are available via the “Summary” link next to the paper title. For the archive of the summaries, navigate to the “Past Meetings” section below.

Meeting Info

Current Schedule (Papers ##51-60)

  1. Distributed Snapshots: Determining Global States of a Distributed System – April 7th – :classical_building: Classical/Foundation Paper [YouTube][Summary]
  2. Facebook’s Tectonic Filesystem: Efficiency from Exascale – April 14th [YouTube][Summary]
  3. New Directions in Cloud Programming – April 21st [YouTube][Summary]
  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

Past Meetings

Past Special Sessions

  1. Building Distributed Systems With StaterightMarch 30th @ 1pm EST – Jon Nadal. [YouTube]
  2. Distributed Transactions in YugabyteDBMay 11th @12pm EST – Karthik Ranganathan. [YouTube]