Tuesday Apr 28
15:10 –
Location: 205-206

Why Are Distributed Systems so Hard?

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.

Denise Yu
Senior software engineer at GitHub
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