[cloud] first post?
jason.dusek at gmail.com
Thu Jun 25 12:05:05 PDT 2009
2009/06/25 Ian <ian at slumbrparty.com>:
> either i'm not subscribed to this list or its the first post.
You seem to be subscribed.
> ...having a research oriented (read papers and discuss)
> seminar with plans for implementing our own system or augment
> an existing one (freenode, tor, etc) would be of great
> interest to me. i dont want to turn this into a weekly class
> where people who know what they're doing present and teach
My interests are very different from yours (and I think
everyone else's) -- I'm interested in distributed transactions
and the related areas of consistent routing, transaction
sharding, distributed locks and unique naming.
If we got a group together, I'd expect we'd all serve as a
sounding board for one another's ideas; however, I don't
expect anyone else to be interested in helping me write a
transaction commit system. What has brought us together is a
relatively vague recognition that we have distributed systems
as a common point of interest; I expect we'd need a few
meetings before subgroups of the initial group would gell into
coherent collaborations. In short, I don't think we should
start with any definite plans for collaboration. We should
start with a challenging paper.
> i am willing to (co)-run this group if it is not going to be
> just teaching other people stuff every week.
There will always be junior and senior members of every group.
I find in the formal methods reading group, for example, that
less proficient category theorists help the more senior
practitioners stay honest -- we talk about (and disagree
about) fundamentals that we might otherwise ignore.
That said, I agree that structuring the group as a class would
be less than ideal.
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