Infinite Parallel Universes: State at the Edge

Databases and other systems of state often rely on abstractions that break down at large physical scale. In this talk I'll describe the problems with some of these traditional assumptions, and suggest better approaches for effectively managing data in geographically large networks. With these ideas in mind, I'll then describe the architecture and communication model of a global-scale, edge state system I'm prototyping at Fastly. Attendees should leave with a good understanding of the challenges of state management, when the speed of light can't be ignored.


Peter Bourgon

Principal Engineer @fastly

Peter is a distributed systems expert and strong believer in coördination-free architectures. He's the author of Go kit, the preëminent toolkit for microservices in Go; and several large-scale coördination-avoiding distributed systems, including Roshi (stream index) and OK Log (log...

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