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Second Workshop on Real, Large Distributed Systems—Preliminary Abstract

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Experience with Some Principles for Building an Internet-Scale Reliable System

Mike Afergan, Akamai and MIT; Joel Wein, Akamai and Polytechnic University; Amy LaMeyer, Akamai


We discuss the design methodology used to achieve commercial-quality reliability in the Akamai content delivery network. The network consists of 15,000+ servers in 1,100+ networks and spans 65+ countries. Despite the scale of the Akamai CDN and the unpredictable nature of the underlying Internet, we seek to build a system of extremely high reliability. We present some simple principles we use to assure high reliability, and illustrate their application. As there is some similarity-in-spirit between our implementation and recent trends in the research literature, we hope that sharing our experiences will be of value to a broad community.
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