January/February 2018 issue of acmqueue

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Distributed Computing


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beginner | Mon, 12 Jun 2017 06:54:11 UTC


I read this post with a lot of interest, thank you for such a detailed example.

In reference to "assume an average input size of 256 KB per image, so that the system can process 10 conversions per second per CPU core"

I do not follow how you got 10 conversions per sec from the image size. Can you elaborate further. Thanks.

Sushil Birla | Fri, 31 May 2013 12:56:59 UTC

Referring to the full article, is the same meaning intended in the terms "...map these (business goals) into discrete services that have independent fault boundaries...," "...Decompose the business application into discrete services on the boundaries of fault domains...," "...building a distributed system requires a methodical approach to requirements along the boundaries of failure domains..." What are the definitions of "fault" and "failure" that distinguish these two terms?

Loïc Prieto | Sun, 12 May 2013 15:49:25 UTC

Very insightful text. I thank you a lot for a sneak peek into what considerations must one ponder when building a distributed system.

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