links for 2011-04-11

  • Reconfiguration means changing the set of processes executing a distributed system. We explain several methods for reconfiguring a system implemented using the state-machine approach, including some new ones. We discuss the relation between these methods and earlier reconfiguration algorithms especially view changing in group communication.
  • Snappy is a compression/decompression library. It does not aim for maximum compression, or compatibility with any other compression library; instead, it aims for very high speeds and reasonable compression. For instance, compared to the fastest mode of zlib, Snappy is an order of magnitude faster for most inputs, but the resulting compressed files are anywhere from 20% to 100% bigger. On a single core of a Core i7 processor in 64-bit mode, Snappy compresses at about 250 MB/sec or more and decompresses at about 500 MB/sec or more.
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