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Geek at heart, and Partner at Microsoft. The views here are entirely mine.
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A paper a day keeps the dr away: FaRM -- Fast Remote Memory
Distributed
systems have allowed applications to use more computation power, memory, and
physical storage than is available on a single machine, enabling applications
to tackle more complex problems. The capacity increase however comes at a cost:
accessing ...

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Virtual machine could not be started because the hypervisor is not running
I wanted to experiment
with TensorFlow, and decided to do that in a Linux VM, despite the fact that Windows
Subsystem for Linux exists. In the past I used Sun’s, and then Oracle’s VirtualBox
to manage virtual machines, but since my Windows install had Hyper...

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On brewing tea
I watched a video
interview with the 10 th heir of Twinings Tea Company, that has been
merchandising tea for over 300 years. In the interview, among talking about the
family history, and the story behind their bestselling tea flavor—Earl Grey—he
talked abou...

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Random acts of kindness
When I have the
chance, I like to walk to my meetings instead of using the shuttle service
available on campus. When it is not raining, the walk is very refreshing: I get
to clear out my thoughts on the walk, and get in some number of steps for my
daily act...

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A hole in the wall
I am a big fan of good and delicious food, irrespective of
where it is sold. That includes street vendors, and “holes in the wall,” which
I have always associated with small nondescript places, with no signs on the
venue, no place to sit, and a staff that e...

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A paper a day keeps the doctor away: Efficient Commit Protocols for the Tree of Processes Model of Distributed Transactions
The two-phase commit
protocol is widely known in the database community, yet despite its notoriety,
finding the paper that first described it proved pretty difficult. The closest
find is the paper about
commit protocols for distributed transactions , which ...

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The wrong end of the stick
One of my favorite activities while traveling is to
take a walking tour of the city I am visiting. The tour usually consists of a
small group led by a tour guide, who invariably is a student of art or history
studying abroad, or an expat humanities graduate...

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A paper a day keeps the doctor away: BlinkDB: Queries with Bounded Errors and Bounded Response Times on Very Large Data
The latest advances
in Big Data systems have made storing and computing over large amounts of data
more tractable than in the past. Users' expectations for how long a query
should take to complete have not on the other hand   changed, and remain independent...

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A paper a day keeps the dr away: Dapper a Large-Scale Distributed Systems Tracing Infrastructure
Modern Internet
scale applications are a challenge to monitor and diagnose. The applications
are usually comprised of complex distributed systems that are built by multiple
teams, sometimes using different languages and technologies. When one component
fail...

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A paper a day keeps the doctor away: Brewer's Conjecture and the Feasibility of Consistent, Available, Partition-Tolerant Web Services
Sixteen year ago,
Eric Brewer introduced what is now known as the CAP theorem, which states that
for a web service it is impossible to guarantee consistency, availability, and
partition tolerance.  The conjecture was
based on Brewer's experiences at Inktomi...
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