Great Books and Papers
Dec 25, 2015
Xing Lin
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  1. HOW NOT TO BE WRONG, Jordan Ellenberg, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  2. THINKING, FAST AND SLOW, Daniel Kahneman, Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Princeton University


There are some papers that are so well written that I really enjoyed reading them. Here is a list of them.

  1. Optimizing Space Amplification in RocksDB

    This paper provides a great introduction on LSM-tree, how RocksDB is used as the storage engine for MySQL and some statistics of three LSM-tree based systems used in production in Facebook.

  2. BlueCache: A Scalable Distributed Flash-based Key-value Store

    The system design is very clear from the paper. Learned a lot about its index and data store part.

  3. What’s Really New with NewSQL?

    Provides a historial view of how we enter into NewSQL and did an excellent survey of state-of-art NewSQL Databases

  4. NV-Tree: Reducing Consistency Cost for NVM-based Single Level Systems

    Excellent analysis of overhead in keeping B+ tree consistent, followed by a clear presentation of the proposed solution.

  5. The Multi-Queue Replacement Algorithm for Second Level Buffer Caches

    Excellent analysis of re-use distance in second-level cache, to motivate their cache design

  6. CAFTL: A Content-Aware Flash Translation Layer Enhancing the Lifespan of Flash Memory based Solid State Drives