“A Study of Skew in MapReduce Applications,” a paper describing the causes and manifestations of skew in MapReduce applications with best practice recommendations to avoid such behavior, has received the “Best Student Paper” award at the Open Cirrus Summit 2011. The paper was authored by UW CSE graduate student YongChul Kwon, UW CSE faculty members Magda Balazinska and Bill Howe, and Jerome Rolia from HP Labs. Open Cirrus is an open cloud-computing research testbed designed to support research into the design, provisioning, and management of services at a global, multi-datacenter scale.
More information about the SkewReduce project may be viewed here. The paper may be read here.