Patterns of Distributed Systems

Martin Fowler

Over the last few months, my colleague Unmesh Joshi has been running workshops to teach developers about distributed systems design. In this work he's been delving into many open-source distributed systems and identifying patterns. As he writes them up, he's publishing the patterns on my site. Today he's publishing an initial narrative article that ties the first batch of patterns together, and two of these patterns: Heartbeat and Generation Clock.

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Patterns of Distributed Systems

Martin Fowler

Over the last few months, my colleague Unmesh Joshi has been running workshops to teach developers about distributed systems design. In this work he's been delving into many open-source distributed systems and identifying patterns. As he writes them up, he's publishing the patterns on my site. Today he's publishing an initial narrative article that ties the first batch of patterns together, and two of these patterns: Heartbeat and Generation Clock.

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Distributed Systems Pattern: Quorum

Martin Fowler

Distributed systems may get partitioned, when the nodes in the cluster no longer talk to all the others. Unmesh explains that, because of this, we need a quorum of nodes within a partition to accept a change.

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Distributed Systems Pattern: Request Pipeline

Martin Fowler

Communicating between servers within a cluster using Single Socket Channel can cause performance issues if requests need to wait for responses for previous requests to be returned.

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Humility in AI: Building Trustworthy and Ethical AI Systems

AI is becoming ubiquitous. More and more critical decisions are automated through machine learning models, determining the future of a business or making life-altering decisions for real people. The number of critical touch points is growing exponentially with the adoption of AI. In this ebook, we explore the concept of humility in AI systems and how it can be applied to existing solutions to ensure their trustworthiness, ethicality, and reliability in a fast-changing world.

Distributed Systems Pattern: Segmented Log

Martin Fowler

A single log file can grow and become a performance bottleneck while its read at the startup. Older logs are cleaned up periodically and doing cleanup operations on a single huge file is difficult to implement. A Segmented Log splits the logfile into smaller files.

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Systems Thinking in Organizational Coaching

Scrum.org

This is quite a long read which you can download as the whitepaper "Systems Thinking in Organizational Coaching". In his book “Thinking, Fast and Slow”, Daniel Kahneman writes about the two types of systems: . System 1 works automatically and quickly.

Distributed Systems Pattern: Single Socket Channel

Martin Fowler

We need to do this while keeping the cost of new connections low, so that opening new connections doesn't increase the system's latency.

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Distributed Systems Pattern: Singular Update Queue

Martin Fowler

But if the tasks being performed are time consuming, like writing to a file, blocking all the other calling threads until the task is completed can have severe impact on overall system throughput and latency.

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Systems Thinking episode #4: DSRP

Scrum.org

Like many Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches and Agile Managers, I am beginning to understand organizations are complex adaptive systems. Some time ago I decided to dive a bit deeper into Systems Thinking. Aspects of Systems Thinking. Systems. Why is seeing systems important?

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Why Distributed Tracing is Essential for Performance and Reliability

Speaker: Daniel "spoons" Spoonhower, CTO and Co-Founder at Lightstep

Many engineering organizations have now adopted microservices or other loosely coupled architectures, often alongside DevOps practices. Together these have enabled individual service teams to become more independent and, as a result, have boosted developer velocity. However, this increased velocity often comes at the cost of overall application performance or reliability. Worse, teams often don’t understand what’s affecting performance or reliability – or even who to ask to learn more. Distributed tracing was developed at organizations like Google and Twitter to address these problems and has also come a long way in the decade since then. By the end of this presentation, you’ll understand why distributed tracing is necessary and how it can bring performance and reliability back under control.

Distributed Systems Pattern: Low-Water Mark

Martin Fowler

The write ahead log maintains every update to persistent store. It can grow indefinitely over time. Segmented Log allows dealing with smaller files at a time, but total disk storage can grow indefinitely if not checked.

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Distributed Systems Pattern: High-Water Mark

Martin Fowler

Unmesh adds High-Water Mark to his collection of patterns. The high-water mark is an index into the log file that records the last log entry that is known to have successfully replicated to a Quorum of followers. The leader also passes on the high-water mark to its followers during its replication. All servers in the cluster should only transmit data to clients that reflects updates that are below the high-water mark. more…. skip-home-page

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System Configuration

DevOps.com

The post System Configuration appeared first on DevOps.com. Blogs ROELBOB CRD docker humor Istio kubernetes satire

Distributed Systems Pattern: Leader and Followers

Martin Fowler

In a distributed system, it's often best to not make all the nodes equal. Unmesh shows how a leader can simplify coordination across a cluster, and how choosing that leader is often tricky.

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Schema Evolution Patterns

Speaker: Alex Rasmussen, CEO, Bits on Disk

If you want to make your development team squirm, ask them about database schema changes or API versioning. Most development teams struggle with changing database schemas and updating API versions without breaking existing code. Alex Rasmussen is an expert in helping teams through these struggles. His talk will examine database schema changes and API versioning as two instances of schema evolution: how your systems respond when the structure of your structured data changes.

Distributed Systems Pattern: Write-Ahead Log

Martin Fowler

In the latest part of his collection of Patterns of Distributed Systems, Unmesh faces the problem of a server failing in the middle of a complex update. A write-ahead log first saves and replicates the data for expected update in an append-only log, so if a failure occurs, we can recover the correct state.

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All Systems Go! Becoming a “Systems-Smart” Generation

Linda Booth Sweeney

As adults, it is easy to miss this simple truth: a cow is a complex, living system, in the same way that the human body, a family, a classroom, a community, an organization, or an ocean is. Living systems, unlike a collection or “heap of stuff ,” share similar characteristics.

COVID-19 and Complex Systems

O'Reilly Media - Ideas

In various mailing lists about the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve seen several discussions of “complex systems theory” as, possibly, a way to understand how the pandemic is playing out in different locations. The argument is that some systems are intrinsically difficult to model. “Complex systems” has always implied, at least to me, systems of nonlinear differential equations, chaotic processes, and the like.

Why are Artificial Intelligence systems biased?

CTOvision

Read Subbarao Kambhapati take a look at why artificial intelligence technology is biased on The Hill: A machine-learned AI system used to assess recidivism risks in Broward County, Fla., often […].

How Product Managers Can Learn to Love Reporting

Speaker: Eric Feinstein, Professional Services Manager, Looker

He will use the example of a product manager of a learning management software system and how she would go through the process of defining reporting for users of the product.

Systems Thinking, Episode #0 What is Systems Thinking?

Scrum.org

In a series of blog posts, I want to demonstrate how you can use Systems Thinking to resolve complex problems such as software teams not delivering the right software fast enough. . On my journey solving increasingly complex problems, I discovered Systems Thinking.

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Systems Thinking episode #3: Mental Models

Scrum.org

In a series of episodes, I am focusing on System Thinking. In my previous episodes of this series, I elaborated on what systems Thinking is, on the Wicked Problems Systems Thinking is trying to solve and the behaviour of Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS).

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Editor's Soapbox: On Systemic Debt

The Daily WTF

The application had a complex sorting/paging system designed to prevent fetching more than one page of data at a time for performance reasons. They ruled the system. They had a lot of power over this system, and this was a system handling millions of dollars. It's fair to say that no one fully understood the system. TIP accrued technical debt far more quickly than most systems would. All systems accrue systemic debt.

18 Signs of a Systemic Toxic Team Culture

Scrum.org

TL; DR: 18 Signs of a Systemic Toxic Team Culture. What looked like a good idea back in the 1990ies—outsourcing software development as a non-essential business area—has meanwhile massively backfired for a lot of legacy organizations. While they try to become more appealing to product and software developers, they still have difficulties understanding what it takes to build an attractive product/engineering culture.

Architect Your Organization for Effectiveness, Productivity, and Joy

Speaker: Ron Lichty, Consultant: Interim VP Engineering, Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

As a senior software leader, you likely spend more time working on the architecture of your systems than the architecture of your organization. Yet, structuring our teams and organizations is a critical factor for success. In fact, the impact of software architecture parallels the impact of organizational structure. We are excited to welcome Ron Lichty, co-author of a seminal book on managing software teams and a well-known speaker, he’ll speak to organizing for effectiveness, productivity and joy.

Renault Rolls Out Blockchain-Based System For Auto Industry Compliance

CTOvision

Carmaker Renault Group said it has developed a blockchain-based system allowing manufacturers to certify the regulatory compliance of vehicle components from design through to production.

5 Reasons Why Your App Needs an Error Monitoring System

DevOps.com

The post 5 Reasons Why Your App Needs an Error Monitoring System appeared first on DevOps.com. Application Performance Management/Monitoring Blogs DevOps Practice app stability application development error handling error monitoring error monitoring system software development

System Orchestration

DevOps.com

The post System Orchestration appeared first on DevOps.com. Blogs ROELBOB

Thrashing in Operating System (OS)

The Crazy Programmer

When a program need space larger than RAM or it need space when RAM is full, Operating System will try to allocate space from secondary memory and behaves like it has that much amount of memory by serving to that program. Whenever a page fault happens, operating system will try to fetch that page from secondary memory and try to swap it with one of the page in RAM. The post Thrashing in Operating System (OS) appeared first on The Crazy Programmer. Operating System

Best Practices for Micro-Services Management, Traceability and Visualization

Speaker: Robert Starmer, Cloud Advisor, Founding Partner at Kumulus Technologies

This session will cover: Service Mesh - managing distributed systems communications for continuous delivery environments.

Wind River Launches CD Platform for Embedded Systems

DevOps.com

Wind River is fostering the adoption of DevOps processes for embedded systems by making available a continuous delivery (CD) platform that its customers can download. The post Wind River Launches CD Platform for Embedded Systems appeared first on DevOps.com.

Types of Operating System

The Crazy Programmer

An operating system is the basic mechanism behind the working of the computer systems and mobile devices and so, understanding the operating system becomes very important from a user’s perspective. The various types of Operating systems are as follows: Types of Operating System. Batch Operating System. Since, it works by grouping multiple jobs into lesser number of batches, managing a large amount of work becomes easy in a batch operating system.

A Secure Vault System for Internet of Things Devices

CTOvision

Testing Event-Driven Systems

Confluent

So you’ve convinced your friends and stakeholders about the benefits of event-driven systems. The Test Machine is the library that allows us to test that all these systems work together. But the system we were responsible for was a mish-mash of Ruby on Rails, Apache Samza, Kafka Connect and Kafka Streams, which seems to be a common scenario (for those on the journey to event driven ). Starting/stopping the system under test is often the slowest operation.

The Complete Predictive Analytics Lifecycle for Application Teams

Speaker: Sriram Parthasarathy, Senior Director of Predictive Analytics, Logi Analytics

Applications with predictive analytics are able to deliver massive value to end users. But what steps should product managers take to add predictive analytics to their applications? In this webinar, we’ll walk through an end-to-end lifecycle of embedding predictive analytics inside an application. Find out how a real-world application decided what predictive questions to ask, sourced the right data, organized resources, built models, deployed predictive analytics in production, and monitored model performance over time.