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Snuggling Up to Papers We Love - What's Your Favorite Paper?

From a talk by @aysylu22 at QCon London on modern computer science applied to distributed systems in practice.



There has been a renaissance in the appreciation of computer science papers as a relevant source of wisdom for building today's complex systems. If you're having a problem there's likely some obscure paper written by a researcher twenty years ago that just might help. Which isn't to say there aren't problems with papers, but there's no doubt much of the technology we take for granted today had its start in a research paper. If you want to push the edge it helps to learn from primary research that has helped define the edge.

If you would like to share your love of papers, be proud, you are not alone:

What's Your Favorite Paper? 

If you ask your average person they'll have a favorite movie, book, song, or Marvel Universe character, but it's unlikely they'll have have a favorite paper. If you've made it this far that's probably not you.

My favorite paper of all time is without a doubt SEDA: An Architecture for Well-Conditioned, Scalable Internet Services. After programming real-time distributed systems for a long time I was looking to solve a complex work scheduling problem in a resource constrained embedded system. I stumbled upon this paper and it blew my mind. While I determined that the task scheduling latency of SEDA wouldn't be appropriate for my problem, the paper gave me a whole new way to look out how programs were structured and I used those insights on many later projects.

If you have another source of papers or a favorite paper please feel free to share.

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Reader Comments (2)

SEDA! My first on the job mentor loved it. It still influences a lot of my designs now.

March 15, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChad Autry

The paper on SEDA is certainly one of my favarite papers too! The provided link isn't active anymore . The following link does have the original paper - https://www.cs.cornell.edu/courses/cs614/2003sp/papers/Wel01.pdf

April 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNitin

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