2019 in Review: 10 AI Papers That Made an Impact

Synced spotlights 10 artificial intelligence papers that garnered extraordinary attention and accolades in 2019. The volume of peer-reviewed AI research papers has grown by more than 300 percent over the past three decades (Stanford AI Index 2019), and the top AI conferences in 2019 saw a deluge of paper. CVPR submissions spiked to 5,165, a […]

How we 30x’d our Node parallelism

What’s the best way to safely increase parallelism in a production Node service? That’s a question my team needed to answer a couple of months ago. We were running 4,000 Node containers (or ‘workers’) for our bank integration service. The service was originally designed such that each worker would process only a single request at […]

Serving 100µs reads with 100% availability

This is the story of how we built ctlstore, a distributed multi-tenant data store that features effectively infinite read scalability, serves queries in 100µs, and can withstand the failure of any component. Highly-reliable systems need highly-reliable data sources. Segment’s stream processing pipeline is no different. Pipeline components need not only the data that they process, […]

Making the LinkedIn experimentation engine 20x faster

At LinkedIn, we like to say that experimentation is in our blood because no production release at the company happens without experimentation; by “experimentation,” we typically mean “A/B testing.” The company relies on employees to make decisions by analyzing data. Experimentation is a data-driven foundation of the decision-making process, which helps with measuring the precise […]

2020 Cloud Report

Read the 2020 Cloud Report from Cockroach Labs, and learn which cloud platform performs best for transactional workloads across TPC-C, Network Throughput, CPU, and Storage benchmarks. If there’s one thing we’ve learned in our three years of benchmarking cloud providers on transactional workloads, it’s this: the results change often. Last year’s report showed AWS dramatically […]

How the U.S. Air Force Deployed Kubernetes and Istio on an F-16 in 45 days

Kubernetes, Istio, knative and an internally developed specification for “hardening” containers are now the default software development platform across the military. Just like almost everything else, military organizations increasingly depend on software, and they are turning to an array of open source cloud tools like Kubernetes and Istio to get the job done, according to […]

Why databases use ordered indexes but programming uses hash tables

The traditional answer is that hash tables are designed to be efficient when storing data in memory, while B-Trees are designed for slower storage that is accessed in blocks. However, this is not a fundamental property of these data structures. There are hash tables designed to be used on disk (e.g. MySQL’s hash index), many […]