SRG Seminar: Managing Shared Mutable Data in a Distributed Environment (Simone Conte)

Event details

  • When: 23rd March 2017 13:00 - 14:00
  • Where: Cole 1.33b
  • Series: Systems Seminars Series
  • Format: Seminar

Title: Managing Shared Mutable Data in a Distributed Environment

Abstract: Managing data is central to our digital lives. The average user owns multiple devices and uses a large variety of applications, services and tools. In an ideal world storage is infinite, data is easy to share and version, and available irrespective of where it is stored, and users can protect and exert control over the data arbitrarily.

In the real world, however, achieving such properties is very hard. File systems provide abstractions that do not satisfy all the needs of our daily lives anymore. Many applications now abstract data management to users but do so within their own silos. Cloud services provide each their own storage abstraction adding more fragmentation to the overall system.

The work presented in this talk is about engineering a system that usefully approximates to the ideal world. We present the Sea Of Stuff, a model where users can operate over distributed storage as if using their local storage, they can organise and version data in a distributed manner, and automatically exert policies about how to store content.