Read The Akamai Network: A Platform for High-Performance Internet Applications; skim Section 9. This paper, from 2010, describes the Akamai platform, which improves the performance of technologies that the Internet was not designed for (e.g., streaming video). Akamai's headquarters are right down the street from MIT.

The first six sections of this paper give context and motivation. Akamai's actual platform is not described until Section 7. In Section 8, the authors walk through an example of how Akamai's platform maintains availability in the face of different types of failure.

As you read, think about the following:

Question for Recitation

Before you come to this recitation, you'll turn in a brief answer to the following questions (really—we don't need more than a sentence or so for each question). Your TA will be in touch about exactly how to turn that in.

Your answers to these questions should be in your own words, not direct quotations from the paper.

As always, there are multiple correct answers for each of these questions.


Supplemental notes for this recitation. These, along with our Sunday office hours are intended to help students who had to miss a recitation due to isolation, but they're also a useful resource for preparing for exams.