With 2014 wrapping up and 2015 ahead of us, I find it important to look
back on what happened over the course of the year and set goals for
how I’d like my work to develop over the coming year.
I’m not going to enumerate the events of the past year, because they’ve
already been discussed in various sections of my blog. I would like to
take a moment to highlight some of my favorite experiences, along with
those which I consider most valuable to my development as a researcher
2014; The Academic Edition
For someone who’s not actually a graduate student, I was involved in
several academic events and research projects over the past year.
Starting last January with my first ever trip to Louvain-la-Neuve to
meet the SyncFree researchers – I also ended this year with my second
trip to Louvain-la-Neuve, working on designing a programming language
for eventually consistent systems.
Here’s the highlights:
- Starting in January of 2014, I became involved in the
SyncFree research project on large-scale synchronization
- As part of our work on Lasp, we published and spoke about our
programming model for eventually consistent systems.
- I was able to attend the Workshop on Database Consistency in the
Cloud where, in addition to the great talks, attend the
Ph.D. defense of Masoud Saeida-Ardekani.
- I was able to participate in research trips to Europe visiting
Kaiserslautern, Louvain-la-Neuve, Braga, Paris, and London.
- I had the opportunity to spend a week with Peter Van Roy in
Louvain-la-Neuve working on the next iteration of our programming
language for eventually consistent systems.
- I attended and presented at workshops associated with Eurosys
‘14, Middleware ‘14, ICFP ‘14, and
Above all, however, have been the friendships that I’ve developed during
the process of traveling to all of these locations; specifically, João
Leitão, Nuno Preguiça, Marc Shapiro, Peter Van Roy, Annette Bieniusa,
Carlos Baquero, Paulo Sérgio Almeida, Carla Ferreira, Alejandro Tomsic,
Manuel Bravo, Zhongmiao Li, Deepthi Akkoorath, Tyler Crain, and Mahsa
2014; The Industry Edition
It’s no secret that it’s been a tough year professionally. I’ve seen
many of my very close friends at Basho depart for other opportunities.
That said, they’ve all gone on to do amazing things, and I’m extremely
happy to have had the opportunity to work with them.
Regardless, there were many great highlights:
- Riak 2.0 shipped, with strong consistency, CRDTs, distributed
search with Yokozuna, and security. This was a massive effort by all
members of the engineering team.
- RICON 2014 was held in Las Vegas this October and featured an
incredible lineup of talks.
- Basho was well represented at both Erlang User Conference and
Erlang Factory, discussing cutting-edge features in Riak.
- Basho had an all-hands meeting in Estes Park, Colorado.
- Additionally, I was able to spend time in Leeds, UK, discussing the
future of CRDTs with two of my favorite coworkers, Russell Brown and
2014; The Personal Edition
Not much happened in my personal life, given I spent most of it
traveling for my academic and industrial pursuits, but here are some
- Continued Think Distributed, a podcast I created
facilitating discussion on distributed systems topics.
- I gave three talks, of which I’m very proud: EmberConf
2014, ReactConf 2014, and NDC London 2014.
- I travelled for over 250 days of the year, including locations such as
the following: London, Cambridge, Leeds, Paris, Strasbourg, Bordeaux,
Kaiserslautern, Frankfurt, Stockholm, Uppsala, Gothenberg, Braga,
Porto, Amsterdam, Brussels, Louvain-la-Neuve, Portland, San Francisco,
New York, and more!
- I moved to Providence, RI.
2014’s gone by faster than I can imagine, and while it’s contained many
moements of sadness, it’s brought so much in terms of professional and
personal development. Here’s to a great 2015 full of research and