Personal experiences building Microsoft’s Cosmos and FaRM
Alex Shamis, MSR Cambridge
During my time at Microsoft, I have worked on several different distributed systems that the company uses internally.
In this talk, I will describe two of them and also discuss the trade-offs and design choices that were made to build and
run these systems. I will firstly talk about Microsoft Cosmos which is Microsoft’s internal big data framework that runs
dryad-like jobs which are programmed using the SCOPE language. Then, I will describe FaRM which is a main-memory
distributed transactional store that exploits new hardware trends such as RDMA and non-volatile memory to achieve
performance that is several orders of magnitude faster than systems that offer similar capability but run using TCP.
About the speaker
I completed my undergraduate degrees at the University of New South Wales in Computer Science and Mathematics.
After graduating in 2009 I moved to Seattle, Washington to work at Microsoft’s Cosmos, initially working on job scheduling
and then the distributed store. After leaving the Cosmos team in 2014 I moved to Microsoft Research Redmond and then
Microsoft Research Cambridge in 2017, where I worked on multiple projects including FaRM.