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  • Posted on Tuesday January 17, 2017
    After many days of rain one lane of this two lane road collapsed into the canyon. It's been out for a month and it will be many more months before it will be fixed. Thanks to Google maps way too many drivers take this once sleepy local road.  How do you ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Friday January 13, 2017
    Hey, it's HighScalability time: So you think you're early to market! The Man Who Invented VR Goggles 50 Years Too SoonIf you like this sort of Stuff then please support me on Patreon.99.9: Percent PCs cheaper than in 1980; 300x20 miles: California megaflood; 7.5 million: articles published on Medium; 1 million: Amazon paid eBook ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Friday January 06, 2017
    Hey, it's HighScalability time: Hot rods in space. The Smith Cloud plummets towards our galaxy at nearly 700,000 mph. Vroom!If you like this sort of Stuff then please support me on Patreon.3 of top 5: Stackoverflow questions are about Git; 3,000: four-passenger cars could serve 98 percent of NYC taxi demand; 44%: US population lives within ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Wednesday January 04, 2017
      Have you ever read a book and wondered how any human could have written something so brilliant? For me it was Lord of the Rings. I despaired that in a hundred lifetimes I could never write a book so rich, so deep, so beautiful. Since then I've learned a few ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Monday January 02, 2017
    As the Russian rouble exchange rate slumped two years ago, it drove us to think of cutting hardware and hosting costs for the Mail.Ru email service. To find ways of saving money, let’s first take a look at what emails consist of.Indexes and bodies account for only 15% of the ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Friday December 23, 2016
    Hey, it's HighScalability time: A wondrous ethereal mix of technology and art. Experience of "VOID"If you like this sort of Stuff then please support me on Patreon.2+ billion: Google lines of code distributed over 9+ million source files; $3.6 bn: lower Google taxes using Dutch Sandwich; $14.6 billion: aggregate value of all cryptocurrencies; 2x: graphene-fed ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Monday December 19, 2016
      Steve Jobs is notorious for hating buttons. Here's Jobs explaining the foulness of buttons during his famous iPhone introduction:What's wrong with their [other phones] user interface? The problem with them is really sort of in the bottom 40. They all have these keyboard that are there whether you need them ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Sunday November 29, 2015
    Amazon S3 is a widely used public cloud storage system. S3 allows an object/file to be up to 5TB which is enough for most applications. The AWS Management Console provides a Web-based interface for users to upload and manage files in S3 buckets. However, uploading a large files that is ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Tuesday March 10, 2015
    Retail is one of the most important business domains for data science and data mining applications because of its prolific data and numerous optimization problems such as optimal prices, discounts, recommendations, and stock levels that can be solved using data analysis methods. The rise of omni-channel retail that integrates marketing, ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Sunday September 14, 2014
    Hadoop 2 or YARN is the new version of Hadoop. It adds the yarn resource manager in addition to the HDFS and MapReduce components. Hadoop MapReduce is a programming model and software framework for writing applications, which is an open-source variant of MapReduce designed and implemented by Google initially for ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Tuesday March 18, 2014
    Benchmarks are important to understand the performance and quantitative and qualitative comparison of different systems. Many analytic frameworks, such as Hive, Impala and Shark, are designed and implemented these years and become fundamental software for processing big data. How to benchmark these big data analytic systems is an interesting problem. ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Tuesday February 04, 2014
    The public cloud storage services like Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage and Windows Azure Storage replicate the data to ensure high availability. On the other hand, with data being replicated, the storage services exhibits certain data consistency models. Different cloud service providers employ different data consistency models nowadays. In this ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Tuesday August 20, 2013
    The shortcomings and drawbacks of batch-oriented data processing were widely recognized by the Big Data community quite a long time ago. It became clear that real-time query processing and in-stream processing is the immediate need in many practical applications. In recent years, this idea got a lot of traction and ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Friday July 19, 2013
    Software Engineering Advice from Building Large-Scale Distributed Systems by Jeff Dean. You can download the slides from Software Engineering Advice from Building Large-Scale Distributed Systems by Jeff Dean. These slides contain the “Numbers everyone should know” which everyone working on systems should be familiar with. Numbers Everyone Should Know L1 ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Wednesday July 17, 2013
    Here is a list of tutorials for learning how to write MapReduce programs on Hadoop, the opensource MapReduce implementation with HDFS. MapReduce Tutorials The official tutorial on Hadoop MapReduce framework: http://hadoop.apache.org/docs/r1.0.4/mapred_tutorial.html. Yahoo! Hadoop Tutorial A comprehensive tutorial on Hadoop from Yahoo! Developer Network: http://developer.yahoo.com/hadoop/tutorial/. More about MapReduce To better understand ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Tuesday January 22, 2013
    Storage Architecture and Challenges in Faculty Summit, July 29, 2010, by Andrew Fikes, Principal Engineer. Download PDF. This slides introduces some of Google’s storage systems with insights and discussion of problems. Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Tuesday January 22, 2013
    Designs, Lessons and Advice from Building Large Distributed Systems by Jeaf Dean. Everyone who is interested in large distributed systems should read: PDF for Designs, Lessons and Advice from Building Large Distributed Systems by Jeaf Dean. Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Friday December 21, 2012
    MapReduce is a well-known programming model designed for generating and processing large data. There are various MapReduce implementations. One widely known and used one may be Hadoop. Benchmarking MapReduce frameworks gets to be important. Faraz Ahmad et al. developed a benchmark suite: PUMA MapReduce Benchmark. During our work on MapReduce, ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Tuesday December 11, 2012
    Research on Cloud Computing has made big progresses and many excellent large-scale systems have been designed in recent years. I compiled a list of some large-scale data storage and processing systems in datacenters as follows. Storage systems Google File System (GFS): http://research.google.com/archive/gfs.html HDFS implementation: https://hadoop.apache.org/docs/r2.7.2/hadoop-project-dist/hadoop-hdfs/HdfsDesign.html Colossus (GFS2): Colossus: Successor to ... Continue Reading »
  • Posted on Tuesday December 11, 2012
    Cosmos is “Microsoft’s internal data storage/query system for analyzing enormous amounts (as in petabytes) of data”. There is no paper/technical report about Cosmos published yet. I compiled a list of information about Cosmos on the Web as follows. What is Microsoft’s Cosmos service? by Yaron Y. Goland. Microsoft Cosmos: Petabytes ... Continue Reading »
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