The Challenges of Latency

, May 5, 2007

Latency. The time it takes packets to flow from one part of the world to another. Everyone knows it exists. The second fallacy of distributed computing is “Latency is zero”. Yet so many designs attempt to work around latency instead of embracing it. This is unfortunate and in fact doesn’t work for large-scale systems. Why?

An InfoQ article by eBay architect Dan Pritchett.