Fault-Tolerance on the Cheap: Making Systems That (Probably) Won't Fall Over
Building computer systems that are reliable is hard. The functional programming community has invested a lot of time and energy into up-front-correctness guarantees: types and the like. Unfortunately, absolutely correct software is time-consuming to write and expensive. Fault-tolerant systems achieve system-total reliability by accepting that sub-components will fail and planning for that failure as a first-class concern of the system. As companies embrace the wave of "as-a-service" architectures, failure of sub-systems become a more pressing concern. Using examples from heavy industry, aeronautics and telecom systems, this talk will explore how you can design for fault-tolerance using functional programming techniques, type theory, monitoring, instrumentation and effective team dynamics.
Outline/Structure of the Talk
This talk will define the system under discussion, important software and possibly mechanical devices with some mission-critical constraints. Approaches to building such systems commonly seen will be defined and their benefits and costs analyzed. Once done, the fault-tolerant approach will be discussed in more detail, giving the audience an effective overview with regard to getting started in such system design.
The audience will be capable of designing and re-evaluating existing systems along fault-tolerant lines. They will have materials for further study, context necessary to put such study to practice. It is my intention to impart a certain kind of view toward fault-tolerance as well, one of precise urgency which can be addressed in a relaxed professional environment.
Software engineers, architects, project management, engineering management, students
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