MapReduce Red Herring

2008 January 30

The whole MapReduce thing is peripherally interesting to me (peripherally because I don’t have thousands of computers that I need to keep busy).

There was this scathing article about it, but from what little I know about MapReduce, most of the arguments don’t seem to address the whole point of MapReduce, which I got the feeling was to reliably and quickly do all kinds of simple computations on ridiculous amounts of data using a bazillion small computers, and have the computation get faster as you add more computers to make it easy to throw money at any scaling problems.

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