During his time at Twitter, Sam Ritchie (Staff Research Engineer, Google) led the development of Summingbird, a project that helped Twitter ingest and process massive amounts of data. It relieved some key pain points, saving developers at Twitter from doing work twice, as was a natural consequence of the then-current Lambda Architecture. In this episode, Sam dives teaches us some abstract algebra and explains how it has informed his attempts to make stream processing programs easy to write in a more general way.
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