GOTO 2020 • Why Are Distributed Systems so Hard? • Denise Yu

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This presentation was recorded at GOTO Chicago 2020. #GOTOcon #GOTOchgo

Denise Yu - Senior software engineer at GitHub

Distributed systems are known for being notoriously difficult to wrangle. But why?
This talk will cover a brief history of distributed computing, clear up some common myths about the CAP theorem, dig into why network partitions are inevitable and close out by highlighting how a few popular consensus algorithms mitigate the risks of operating in a distributed fashion. We'll also take a look at how to design systems that take into account human factors, which can help reduce the impact of programmatic uncertainty [...]

00:00 Intro
00:30 A long time ago, in a datacenter not too far away
04:44 What does it mean to run a distributed system?
06:40 8 fallacies of distributed computing
08:03 CAP Theorem
13:35 Hardware will fail, software will behave weirdly
16:56 Humans

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