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Consensus: Why Can't We All Just Agree?



Heidi Howard takes a journey through history starting with the days when the field of distributed consensus began with a proof of its impossibility and arriving to present day when recently revised understanding of consensus enables a new generation of scalable yet resilient distributed systems.


Heidi Howard is a PhD student in the System Research Group at Cambridge University, Computer Lab. Her research interests are consistency, fault-tolerence and performance in distributed systems, specializing in distributed consensus algorithms. She is most widely known for her generalization of Leslie Lamport’s Paxos algorithm for solving consensus, known as Flexible Paxos.

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May 18, 2018