YouTube Strategy: Adding Jitter isn't a Bug
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 9:15AM
Todd Hoff in Strategy

The adding jitter strategy was one of the most commented on techniques from 7 Years Of YouTube Scalability Lessons In 30 Minutes on HackerNews. Probably because it’s one of the emergent phenomena that you really can’t predict and is shocking when you see it in real life. Here’s the technique:

Add Entropy Back into Your System

Comments from HackerNews really help to fill out the topic with more detail:

There were some other examples of the thundering herd problem:

There are a number of ways of adding jitter:

Not everyone adds jitter:

An interesting paper:

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