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Distributed Consensus: Making the Impossible Possible



Heidi Howard explores how to construct resilient distributed systems on top of unreliable components. Howard discusses today’s datacenters and the systems powering companies like Google, Amazon and Microsoft, as well as which algorithms are best suited to different situations.


Heidi Howard is currently studying towards PhD at the Cambridge University, Computer Lab. Her research interest is fault-tolerance, consistency and consensus in modern distributed systems. Heidi has also previously worked as research assistant and undergraduate researcher on topics such as middlebox traversal, DNS, privacy preserving systems and wireless community networks.

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Software is Changing the World. QCon empowers software development by facilitating the spread of knowledge and innovation in the developer community. A practitioner-driven conference, QCon is designed for technical team leads, architects, engineering directors, and project managers who influence innovation in their teams.

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Jun 28, 2016