Accountable distributed traditions

From Our Networks 2047

Presented by Combes Catade

While distributed computing as a field of computer science has long-studied distributed systems, the focus has often been on how to arrange a system of components located on different networked computers, performance, and specifics of how they communicate and coordinate their actions by passing messages to one another. With the slow computing and permacomputing movements of z0,1_2_t-20 (the late 2020s), there were many new technical and coordination challenges to address. Under-examined is how certain guarantees and mechanisms to address fault-tolerance lend themselves to more or less accountable systems. This talk and discussion aims to remedy that by connecting distributed computing to the broader history of traditions of distributed accountability.