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Guide to Reliable Distributed Systems: Building High-Assurance Applications and Cloud-Hosted Services (Texts in Computer Science)

Birman, Kenneth P

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Title: Guide to Reliable Distributed Systems: ...

Publisher: Springer

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This book describes the key concepts, principles and implementation options for creating high-assurance cloud computing solutions. The guide starts with a broad technical overview and basic introduction to cloud computing, looking at the overall architecture of the cloud, client systems, the modern Internet and cloud computing data centers. It then delves into the core challenges of showing how reliability and fault-tolerance can be abstracted, how the resulting questions can be solved, and how the solutions can be leveraged to create a wide range of practical cloud applications. The author’s style is practical, and the guide should be readily understandable without any special background. Concrete examples are often drawn from real-world settings to illustrate key insights. Appendices show how the most important reliability models can be formalized, describe the API of the Isis2 platform, and offer more than 80 problems at varying levels of difficulty.

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As an instructor who teaches courses on cloud computing and high-assurance distributed systems, I became frustrated that none of the existing textbooks seemed suitable for covering that kind of material at the introductory graduate (or advanced undergraduate) level.  Accordingly, back in 1996, I wrote such a text.  Over time I've revised it repeatedly and finally undertook a major rewrite during 2011. 

You'll find materials online at Cornell from the spring 2012 offering of our CS5412 "Cloud Computing" class, and are welcome to use them.  This will eventually include my comprehensive slide set for the full set of 24 lectures, as well as homework assignments and other materials.

I would also encourage you to have a look at the new Isis2 platform, for building highly assured distributed applications and running them on a large-scale, including in modern cloud systems.  Isis2 is a real labor of love for me; I invested much of the past few years designing and implementing it (entirely on my own, I should add!)  I plan to support it and maintain it as a free open-source platform and have included material about Isis2 into the new book.

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