This assignment is due at 5:00pm on March 11th and will
be graded by your TA and your CI instructor. Submit your write-up
and worksheet via
For the second critique, your job is to evaluate and
assess MapReduce, building
on the analysis skills developed in the first critique. The
associated worksheet walks you
through the process of analyzing the system described in "MapReduce:
Simplified Data Processing on Large Clusters".
After filling in the worksheet, use the following guidelines to
organize your analysis into a 2-3 page critique of the MapReduce
system. Rather than writing short-essay answers, you'll write a
standalone document modeled in part after a technical feasibility
study. Your audience is a community of peers who have not read the
Before beginning to write, think about how you might organize your
critique. You might assess each module in turn, or each design
goal. You might order design goals by importance (e. g. most to
least important) or by strength (strongest to weakest—or the
reverse!) Use your introduction to forecast and your conclusion to
recap. The critique should be approximately 750-900 words.
- Introduction presents the system and prepares readers for
- Briefly summarizes how the system works.
- Identifies the priorities or design principles.
- Body of the paper presents your analysis of the system
- Explains which design goals are significant to the system
and how they are handled. This may include simplicity, scalability,
fault- tolerance, and security and other system-specific goals.
- If any common design goals are not significant to the system,
- Evaluates claims made by the paper (e.g., about their design
- Addresses any other important limitations or successes of the system
- Uses evidence from the text (use citation and/or section
references) to support each claim; you need not cite lectures.
- Conclusion summarizes the system and its key advantages and
- May respond to or re-connect to the introduction
Submit your write-up and worksheet using
site. We will not be grading the worksheet; we just want to see
how you used it as preparation, so that we can make future
iterations of the worksheet as helpful as possible.
Again, this assignment is due at 5:00pm on March 11th, not