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HighScalability Kicks Ass, and a Look Forward

For those of you who haven’t checked it out yet, highscalability.com reports on a lot of the fun wacky technologies involved in making websites you’ve all come to know and love and how they can scale to the ridiculous amount of traffic that comes with it. Pretty much all the articles keep track of rebuttals to their points all on the same page so it ends up being a fun way to dive into some new tech you’ve never seen before. They also do a good job of scouring the net and aggregating good distributed systems stuff together in one place. My favorites so far:

Great introductions and notes about database sharding with relational databases:

An Unorthodox Approach to Database Design : The Coming of the Shard

Scalability Strategies Primer: Database Sharding

A great collection of notable papers in distributed systems:

Readings in Distributed Systems

And in the world of the cloud:

Anti-RDBMS: A list of distributed key-value stores

Paper: MapReduce: Simplified Data Processing on Large Clusters

So as the title states, this is a look forward. Expect to be hearing about all of these again sooner rather than later (in no particular order).