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From Jason Brown <>
Subject Re: Instaclustr Masters scholarship
Date Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:29:39 GMT

This is pretty cool! Almost wish I could apply ;)

>> "Distributed database systems are relatively new technology" - lol, 1975 :)


On Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 7:26 PM, Ben Bromhead <> wrote:

> As part of our commitment to contributing back to the Apache Cassandra open
> source project and the wider community we are always looking for ways we
> can foster knowledge sharing and improve usability of Cassandra itself. One
> of the ways we have done so previously was to open up our internal builds
> and versions of Cassandra (
> We have also been looking at a few novel or outside the box ways we can
> further contribute back to the community. As such, we are sponsoring a
> masters project in conjunction with the Australian based University of
> Canberra. Instaclustr’s staff will be available to provide advice and
> feedback to the successful candidate.
> *Scope*
> Distributed database systems are relatively new technology compared to
> traditional relational databases. Distributed advantages provide
> significant advantages in terms of reliability and scalability but often at
> a cost of increased complexity. This complexity presents challenges for
> testing of these systems to prove correct operation across all possible
> system states. The scope of this masters scholarship is to use the Apache
> Cassandra repair process as an example to consider and improve available
> approaches to distributed database systems testing.
> The repair process in Cassandra is a scheduled process that runs to ensure
> the multiple copies of each piece of data that is maintained by Cassandra
> are kept synchronised. Correct operation of repairs has been an ongoing
> challenge for the Cassandra project partly due to the difficulty in
> designing and developing  comprehensive automated tests for this
> functionality.
> The expected scope of this project is to:
>    - survey and understand the existing testing framework available as part
>    of the Cassandra project, particularly as it pertains to testing repairs
>    - consider, research and develop enhanced approaches to testing of
>    repairs
>    - submit any successful approaches to the Apache Cassandra project for
>    feedback and inclusion in the project code base
> Australia is a pretty great place to advance your education and is
> welcoming of foreign students.
> We are also open to sponsoring a PhD project with a more in depth focus for
> the right candidate.
> For more details please don't hesitate to get in touch with myself or reach
> out to
> Cheers
> Ben
> --
> Ben Bromhead
> CTO | Instaclustr <>
> +1 650 284 9692
> Managed Cassandra / Spark on AWS, Azure and Softlayer

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