[TUHS] Research Datakit notes

Lawrence Stewart stewart at serissa.com
Wed Jun 29 07:19:27 AEST 2022

On 2022, Jun 28, at 9:33 AM, Dan Cross <crossd at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 28, 2022 at 8:46 AM Rob Pike <robpike at gmail.com> wrote:
>> One of the reasons I'm not a networking expert may be relevant here.
>> With networks, I never found an abstraction to hang my hat on.

My theory is that networking is different because it breaks all the time.

One can get away with writing local file system programs without checking the return codes on every single call and figuring out what you should do in the case of every possible error.

It is much harder to get away with that sort of thing when writing network applications.

And of course there is a long history of things that look like file systems but which have network failure modes, and treating them like they are reliable often does not end well.

Full up reliable applications with replicated storage and multiple network availability zones and raft/paxos/byzantine generals level coding are pretty arcane.
I know I am not qualified to write one.

File systems are “good enough” that you can depend on them, mostly.  Networks are not.


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