Tech Talk: Patrick Hunt

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Apache ZooKeeper and the Fallacies of Distributed Computing
There is no pixie dust that will magically overcome inherent distributed systems limitations. ZooKeeper simplifies the process of implementing distributed coordination but it does not eliminate the core issues - so why has this system become so popular over the past few years? In this talk I will explore what ZooKeeper is, how it was originally developed, how projects such as HBase, Hadoop and others are using it, what it can (and can't) do for you, and what's to come.

About Patrick
Patrick Hunt is a major contributor and PMC member on the Apache ZooKeeper project. He joined Cloudera more than three years ago and currently leads the Cloudera Search team. Previous to Cloudera he spent five years at Yahoo! where
he specialized in large-scale distributed systems architecture. During this time he also drove development of the critically acclaimed Delicious firefox extension. Prior to joining Yahoo, Patrick worked on enterprise software, founded a startup, designed high performance network software, and dabbled a bit with rocket science (NASA). He has a bachelors degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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