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Ideas and Reflections

  • Balancing Data Locality and Scalability

    When I was studying at the University of Cincinnati, I took a class in Databases with Professor Lawrence J Mazlack. In one of his early lectures, he shared a joke that went like this: “What do databases and real estate have in common? Location, Location, Location.” When discussing data, we often emphasize data locality as…

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  • Naming Things & Separation of Concerns

    Some 15 years ago I came across a saying which resonated with me: There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things. Phil Karlton At first, it sounded like a joke, but I felt that it carried some truth. As years have gone by, I now recognize that it actually…

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