About

I’m a lifelong student of computer science. I’m finishing up my PhD thesis, having worked in a systems group – operating systems and networks, nominally – but my main interest is in distributed systems and in particular distributed algorithms. I worked primarily on mobile ad-hoc networks, because they’re fun.

I now work for Cloudera, and it goes without saying that the opinions expressed on this blog are my own, and not those of my employers.

My aim with this blog is to write a series of introductory articles to distributed systems theory and practice. I find that it’s rather an under-represented area, at least amongst the sources that I read on-line, and yet it’s having relevance as never before with the rise of datacentres, cloud computing and so on. In particular, I think there’s a need to draw the links more clearly between theory and practice; at worst you have ad-hoc ‘engineered’ solutions with no relevancy to ivory-tower impossibility proofs. The sweet spot is clearly somewhere in the middle.

I used to study computational linguistics, natural language processing, information retrieval and speech recognition. But I barely speak English (my first language) fluently, so being judgemental about the mistakes a poor computer makes when it is obviously trying its best seemed a bit hypocritical.

I have worked for a big financial firm, and that was a lot of fun. Never again.

One thought on “About

  1. Hi,

    My name is Vishal Biyani and I am managing editor for Cloudspring (www.cloudspring.com). This niche site is part of the SitePoint network, and focuses on the cloud computing industry, publishing posts on a regular basis.

    I stumbled across your blogpost and thought you had quite good grasp of Cloud computing in general. I would like to invite you to be an author for Cloudspring and write on cloud computing related topics. We host tutorials, unbiased views and comparisons of various cloud products and technologies. While reaching out to our reader base you will make an identity in industry, at the same time you will be paid for your posts.

    Let me know what you think

    Thanks,
    Vishal Biyani

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