3015. Distributed System - Real World Architectures
Real World Architectures

Further reading for learning real work architectures.

1. Real world architectures

Articles on how real world systems are designed. image

Don’t focus on nitty gritty details for the following articles, instead:

  • Identify shared principles, common technologies, and patterns within these articles
  • Study what problems are solved by each component, where it works, where it doesn’t
  • Review the lessons learned
Type System Reference(s)
Data processing MapReduce - Distributed data processing from Google research.google.com
Data processing Spark - Distributed data processing from Databricks slideshare.net
Data processing Storm - Distributed data processing from Twitter slideshare.net
Data store Bigtable - Distributed column-oriented database from Google harvard.edu
Data store HBase - Open source implementation of Bigtable slideshare.net
Data store Cassandra - Distributed column-oriented database from Facebook slideshare.net
Data store DynamoDB - Document-oriented database from Amazon harvard.edu
Data store MongoDB - Document-oriented database slideshare.net
Data store Spanner - Globally-distributed database from Google research.google.com
Data store Memcached - Distributed memory caching system slideshare.net
Data store Redis - Distributed memory caching system with persistence and value types slideshare.net
File system Google File System (GFS) - Distributed file system research.google.com
File system Hadoop File System (HDFS) - Open source implementation of GFS apache.org
Misc Chubby - Lock service for loosely-coupled distributed systems from Google research.google.com
Misc Dapper - Distributed systems tracing infrastructure research.google.com
Misc Kafka - Pub/sub message queue from LinkedIn slideshare.net
Misc Zookeeper - Centralized infrastructure and services enabling synchronization slideshare.net
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2. Company architectures

Company Reference(s)
Amazon Amazon architecture
Cinchcast Producing 1,500 hours of audio every day
DataSift Realtime datamining At 120,000 tweets per second
DropBox How we’ve scaled Dropbox
ESPN Operating At 100,000 duh nuh nuhs per second
Google Google architecture
Instagram 14 million users, terabytes of photos
What powers Instagram
Justin.tv Justin.Tv’s live video broadcasting architecture
Facebook Scaling memcached at Facebook
TAO: Facebook’s distributed data store for the social graph
Facebook’s photo storage
How Facebook Live Streams To 800,000 Simultaneous Viewers
Flickr Flickr architecture
Mailbox From 0 to one million users in 6 weeks
Netflix A 360 Degree View Of The Entire Netflix Stack
Netflix: What Happens When You Press Play?
Pinterest From 0 To 10s of billions of page views a month
18 million visitors, 10x growth, 12 employees
Playfish 50 million monthly users and growing
PlentyOfFish PlentyOfFish architecture
Salesforce How they handle 1.3 billion transactions a day
Stack Overflow Stack Overflow architecture
TripAdvisor 40M visitors, 200M dynamic page views, 30TB data
Tumblr 15 billion page views a month
Twitter Making Twitter 10000 percent faster
Storing 250 million tweets a day using MySQL
150M active users, 300K QPS, a 22 MB/S firehose
Timelines at scale
Big and small data at Twitter
Operations at Twitter: scaling beyond 100 million users
How Twitter Handles 3,000 Images Per Second
Uber How Uber scales their real-time market platform
Lessons Learned From Scaling Uber To 2000 Engineers, 1000 Services, And 8000 Git Repositories
WhatsApp The WhatsApp architecture Facebook bought for $19 billion
YouTube YouTube scalability
YouTube architecture

3. Company engineering blogs

Architectures for companies you are interviewing with. Questions you encounter might be from the same domain.