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September 06, 2004

Keynote at Middleware 2004: "How Wrong Can You Be?"

I have agreed to give a keynote at Middleware 2004 about my experiences with 10 years of reliability and scalability research, and experiences with the transition of technology from academia to industry. Below is the official summary of the talk:

How Wrong Can You Be? Getting Lost on the Road to Massive Scalability.

In 10 years of academic distributed systems research I have been involved with the development of a number of systems that were all targeted to address realistic problems the industry was facing. Some of these technologies became successful, but often for reasons we had not expected, and others failed miserably, while we had predicted great success. In this talk I will review a number of the assumptions that we used in the research into scalability and reliability of distributed systems, and I will investigate the role these assumptions played in the success and failures of some technologies. In the second half of the talk I will look at the state of the art in distributed systems, and whether our current technologies are a good foundation for building the massively scalable distributed systems of the future.

Posted by Werner Vogels at September 6, 2004 12:00 PM


I'm a junior researcher and I've been reading your weblog for a while. I find your posts very usefull for someone that is just starting..

So, regarding this entry, I would like to ask you how is your "paper workflow"? Do you already have the paper outlined or is this abstract works as an inspiration for what you will write?

I have lots of wuestions about a researcher's work. How do you organize your day? How do you decide what to do? Do you know of any resource that is usefull for someone like me that is just starting...

Btw, I would really like to read the final paper. Please post a warning here when it is available.

Really thanks in advance!.

Posted by: Sergio on September 6, 2004 06:02 PM