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Best practice for handling asynchronous inter communication?

Recently completed a project for handling credit card processing. One of the difficulties I faced was handling the delay / possible failure of notification messages. The most complex example was: an ...
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Distributed Issue Tracking [closed]

Distributed issue tracking seems like a belting idea to me, but it has never really taken off in a big way. Is there a good reason for that? I am aware of: bugz everywhere too complex to set up ...
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Does map-reduce transmit the data and executable instructions?

When map-reduce divides a task and sends the data to each worker process, does it also transmit the instructions for how to operate on the data? For example, let's say Google has some huge array of ...
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Distributing cron-like tasks over multiple servers

Currently I'm using something like a master-cron server, which starts the tasks on the slave-worker servers. But there are so many tasks, that the timing gets lost entirely. Is there a an algorithm, ...
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Is it possible to modify Lamport's mutual exclusion algorithm to work without a FIFO guarantee?

I'm trying to implement a modified version of the Lamport Mutual Exclusion algorithm. The original algorithm assumes FIFO message ordering between connected systems, but I would like to use UDP a ...
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Open Source Cloud Computing

Recently I realized that the most popular social platforms on the net are in the hand of just a few companies, Google, Twitter, Facebook, to name just a few. Taking into account the world changing ...
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Open Grid Engine or Akka/Something more fault tolerant?

My use case is that I have a pipeline of independent, stand alone programs, that I want to execute in a certain order on specific pieces of data that are output from previous pipeline stages. The ...
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Building a Redundant / Distributed Application

This is more of a "point me in the right direction" question. My team of three and I have built a hosted web app that queues and routes customer chat requests to available customer service agents (It ...
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Is there any technology for dynamic assignment of execution context for programs that target many platforms with widely varying runtime performance? [closed]

This may very well be nothing new and probably exists, but I've never learned about it and would like to. The simplest way to be more specific is just to give an example. I was on the bus and ...
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Exclusive use of a Jini server during long-running call

I'm trying to use Jini, in a "Masters/Workers" arrangement, but the Worker jobs may be long running. In addition, each worker needs to have exclusive access to a singleton resource on that machine. ...
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Can an issue tracking system be distributed?

I was thinking about issue tracking software like Redmine, Trac or even the one that is in Fossil and something hit me: Is there a reason why Redmine and Trac are not possible to be distributed? Or ...
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why are transaction monitors on decline? or are they?

http://www.itjobswatch.co.uk/jobs/uk/cics.do http://www.itjobswatch.co.uk/jobs/uk/tuxedo.do Look at the demand for programmers (% of job ads that the keyword appears), first graph under the table. ...
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How to rewrite a TCP MMOG server designed to run in a single machine, in a distributed way? [closed]

I have a MMOG server running on C++, using winsockets. My server won't support more than 200 players. I had the idea of redesigning it so it will use multiple servers instead of one, so, maybe, for ...
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Synchronizing local and remote cache in distributed caching

With a distributed cache, a subset of the cache is kept locally while the rest is held remotely. In a get operation, if the entry is not available locally, the remote cache will be used and and the ...
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Any reference doc /model/ implementation of enforcing events dependency/ordering in distributed computing?

For example, Process P is listening to events E(A) and E(B), but to process either of the events, P needs the other event available too. Naively, when P receives either of the events, it will check if ...
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Optimistic work sharing on sparsely distributed systems

What would a system like BOINC look like if it were written today? At the time BOINC was written, databases were the primary choice for maintaining a shared state and concurrency among nodes. Since ...
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What exactly is distributed computing? [closed]

So I'm a senior in college and a couple of weeks ago, I interviewed at Microsoft for an entry-level SDE position. While most of the interviews (out of the total 7) were on the general principles of ...
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How to effectively (but minimally) *simulate* a distributed computing environment?

I am doing some personal research on Byzantine Faults. I am trying out algorithms from various research papers which present algorithms for consensus in distributed systems like this one. For this i ...
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How to implement a lightweight clustered architecture for a distributed application

I currently have a distributed application that runs on multiple embedded PCs. The whole application is composed of one master server and several nodes. Each node is an embedded PC that runs Windows 7 ...
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Promoting scalability in small business applications

I am part of a small software company that specializes in small to medium-sized business applications and my experience with distributed architectures/SOA is limited. Please let me know if I'm going ...
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Client–server models and Client-centric models

For distributed applications, emphasis mine: Where classic software systems of the past century were mostly based on Client–server models and Client-centric application development, both ...
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How do you control nodes in a server farm?

I've been reading about hadoop and multi-node setups, and it says in the documentation that you must have a JVM and hadoop software already running on those nodes. My question is, do people install ...
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Distributed/Network application development that is user focused but NOT web application development

I was curious, what other architectures exist for business or user focused development that aren't written using web applications. Are these architectures used today? If you are or were in the ...
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How do I get into a career in distributed systems? [closed]

I am enamored by reliable distributed systems and want to spend my career improving them rather than merely using them to write the same CRUD applications over and over. What experience will convince ...
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Making a virtual supercomputer with distributed P2P computing

I was just having this idea once and wondering if there's any possibility to harness the power of p2p distributed computing to make a virtual supercomputer with the following features: Works like a ...
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Research paper on distributed computing - Advice? [closed]

I am writing my first research paper on distributed storage systems. We also have a prototype working (partially). The project was a complete implementation based project where we envisage to take ...
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Gossip protocol in a Ring topology

I am implementing a gossip based membership detection mechanism. Lets say we have a ring topology, i.e. node1 only knows about the 2 nodes (node4 and node2) around it. node1 ...
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What are the solutions to the Distributed Queue problem?

I am trying to learn more about the various ways that the problem of a Distributed Queue may be solved. So I would like know what products, services, implementations and research papers that are ...