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So We Hear You Like Papers

Accompanying repository for the QCon SF 2015 Day 1 Keynote. Feel free to open any issues for questions and/or to say hi :)

See the image credits, link to slides, and video-soon. Experience the moment too!


Surprisingly enough academic papers can be interesting and very relevant to the work we do as computer science practitioners. Papers come in many kinds/ areas of focus and sometimes finding the right one can be difficult. But when you do, it can radically change your perspective and introduce you to new ideas.

Distributed Systems has been an active area of research since the 1960s, and many of the problems we face today in our industry have already had solutions proposed, and have inspired new research. Join us for a guided tour of papers from past and present research that have reshaped the way we think about building large scale distributed systems.

Talk Outline

  • About Us
  • Hard topics of Distributed Systems
    • Eventual Consistency
    • System Verification
  • Conclusions


Eventual Consistency

System Verification

Awesome Resources!

About Us

Ines Sombra is a Distributed Systems Engineer at @Fastly, where she spends her time helping the Web go faster. Ines holds an M.S. in Computology with an emphasis on Cheesy 80’s Rock Ballads. She has a fondness for steak, fernet, and a pug named Gordo. In a previous life she was a Data Engineer. Follow Ines @randommood

Caitie McCaffrey is a Backend Brat and Distributed Systems Diva. She is currently the Tech Lead of Observability at Twitter. Prior to that she spent the majority of her career building services and systems that power the entertainment industry at 343 Industries, Microsoft Game Studios, and HBO. Caitie has a degree in Computer Science from Cornell University, and has worked on several video games including Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3, Halo 4, and Halo 5. She maintains a blog at and frequently discusses technology and entertainment on Twitter @Caitie