#8 Donny Nadolny on Raft

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Important: please arrive before 7pm, which is when the front door locks! If you arrive after 7pm, use the keypad beside the outside door and buzz 8882 to be let in.

Also important: unfortunately the elevator at the Shopify office is still out of service for repairs, and we are on the fourth floor. If you need any assistance getting up the stairs, please call or message the phone number that I'll leave on signage in the front lobby!


Donny will be presenting In Search of an Understandable Consensus Algorithm (https://ramcloud.stanford.edu/raft.pdf) by Diego Ongaro and John Ousterhout.


This paper introduces the Raft consensus algorithm, which is an attempt to make a consensus algorithm that is easy to understand and easy to implement.

We'll discuss what consensus is, why it's useful, and what it's used for. You'll also learn the main components of Raft: leader election, data replication, and the rules for recovering from failure / ensuring safety.

Paper Link: https://ramcloud.stanford.edu/raft.pdf

Doors open at 6:30 pm, presentation will begin at 7:00 pm. There will be food and refreshments provided by Shopify.


Donny Nadolny is a Scala developer at PagerDuty, working on continually improving the reliability of their distributed systems.