Learn System Design: Performance, Fall Tolerance, Auth & More

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TLDR Designing large scale distributed systems requires performance optimization, fall tolerance, authentication, caching, and API design to ensure efficient and secure streaming of video data.

Approaches and Techniques for System Design

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    Experienced engineers look back at past projects and knowledge of the world to build systems that can scale and extend as requirements change.
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    Engineers must anticipate and plan for potential failures and bugs in their system, as well as consider feature requests such as enabling live interaction between musicians and audience members in a live streaming application.
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    System design can be approached from two different perspectives: from the customer to the server and database, or from the database to the server and customer, each requiring different ways of thinking.
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    The use of AI-powered natural language interfaces could potentially change the way programming is done, making it more accessible to ordinary people without programming expertise.
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    Using a stateless protocol like HTTP can make the server more efficient and prevent loss of context in case of server crashes.
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    System design involves satisfying the requirements of the system and defining the protocols or solutions to make it possible.

Importance of System Design in Distributed Systems

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    System design is a crucial skill for software developers and engineers to build large-scale distributed systems.
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    Large scale distributed systems are defined by their intensive use of compute and data, such as Google Maps which has to store the entire world's map.
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    Distributed systems require engineers to have knowledge of system design in order to build and maintain them effectively.
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    To avoid a single point of failure, multiple servers can be spread across the world or within a specific region, with data duplication or partitioning to ensure continuity of service.

Considerations for Live Streaming Systems

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    The most important feature for a live streaming system is that users should be able to watch the stream live, which requires ensuring the server doesn't go down and sufficient bandwidth requirements.
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    Web RTC is a peer-to-peer protocol that allows for video to be sent from the server to the client, while comments are always client to server.
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    To serve customers with different devices and preferences, a transformation service is needed to convert the live stream into different resolutions.
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    The quality of video playback is a crucial factor in customer satisfaction, and should be optimized based on network and device capabilities.


  • What will I learn in this course?

    โ€” This course teaches basic engineering design patterns and how to use them to design and code a live streaming video app.

  • Why is system design important for engineers?

    โ€” Companies expect engineers to know how to build large scale distributed systems and understand system design.

  • What is the publisher-subscriber model?

    โ€” The publisher-subscriber model is a popular design pattern for distributing content to many people quickly.

  • What is the role of API design in streaming video systems?

    โ€” API design is important for enabling customers to use the product and catering to multiple devices for streaming video.

  • How can I optimize the performance of a distributed system?

    โ€” Consider performance optimization, fault tolerance, authentication, caching, and API design to optimize cost and engineering effort.

Timestamped Summary

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    Learn how to design large scale distributed systems and use the publisher-subscriber model to quickly distribute content to many people.
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    Engineers design systems to convert business requirements into technical solutions that are reliable, scalable, and maintainable for streaming high-quality video data securely and reliably.
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    Design APIs to enable customers to get video frames, comment on videos, and store user data in an SQL database, using different network protocols for real-time applications.
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    HTTP is a stateless protocol that allows for efficient network communication, but a better protocol is needed for video transmission.
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    Designing a large scale distributed system? Consider performance, fall tolerance, authentication, and caching to optimize cost and engineering effort.
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    Design a live streaming system to optimize memory, user behavior, and API calling for different levels of seniority and use cases.
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    Guessing the internal workings of SSTP-Dash in an interview could involve speculating that it resembles exponential back off and DCP, while video servers need to store a timestamp for each user to enable nonstop play.
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    When designing an API, consider the user, purpose, and common functionalities, and abstract data into objects with their own state and behavior.
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