November 18, 2009

Thanks to the hardwork of Brad Anderson and the rest of the NoSQL East organizers, Justin Sheehy’s presentation is now online and ready to be consumed. You can check it out here:

Justin spends a little time discussing Riak and then quickly moves on to a discussion of first principles.

Justin’s presentation stands on its own but it is worth pointing out: terms like “scalable” and “distributed” and “fault tolerant” are not marketing terms. Applied rigorously, the principles underlying them (a hat tip to folks like Brewer, Lewin/Leighton/Karger et. al.) lead to game-changing software.

Building truly decentralized systems requires discipline. Shortcuts for premature optimization ultimately lead to a dead end.


Tony Falco