November 18, 2009
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.