Grokking System Design Fundamentals

Learn system design essentials required for designing scalable and high-performance systems.
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Course Overview

Grokking System Design Fundamentals is designed to equip software engineers with the essential knowledge and skills required to design large complex systems. This course covers a wide range of key concepts, including caching, load balancing, data partitioning, proxy servers, and more, that are crucial for designing efficient, scalable, and reliable distributed systems. By enrolling in this course, you will gain a solid understanding of the core principles behind designing large-scale systems, as well as practical strategies for tackling complex system design problems.

Upon completion of this course, you will be well-prepared to tackle system design interviews with confidence and demonstrate your ability to design and optimize large-scale distributed systems. Whether you are an experienced software engineer looking to sharpen your system design skills or a new engineer seeking a solid foundation in distributed systems, this course will provide you with the knowledge and tools necessary to succeed in today's competitive job market.

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Course Content
25 Chapters • 103 Lessons
System Design Fundamentals
1 lesson
Introduction to System Design
Load Balancing
8 lessons
Introduction to Load Balancing
Load Balancing Algorithms
Uses of Load Balancing
Load Balancer Types
Stateless vs. Stateful Load Balancing
High Availability and Fault Tolerance
Scalability and Performance
Challenges of Load Balancers
Introduction to API Gateway
Usage of API gateway
Advantages and disadvantages of using API gateway
Latency and Performance
Concurrency and Coordination
Monitoring and Observability
Resilience and Error Handling
Fault Tolerance vs. High Availability
URL vs. URI vs. URN
Introduction to DNS
DNS Resolution Process
DNS Load Balancing and High Availability
Introduction to Caching
Why is Caching Important?
Types of Caching
Cache Replacement Policies
Cache Invalidation
Cache Read Strategies
Cache Coherence and Consistency Models
Caching Challenges
Cache Performance Metrics
What is CDN?
Origin Server vs. Edge Server
CDN Architecture
Push CDN vs. Pull CDN
Introduction to Data Partitioning
Partitioning Methods
Data Sharding Techniques
Benefits of Data Partitioning
Common Problems Associated with Data Partitioning
What is a Proxy Server?
Uses of Proxies
VPN vs. Proxy Server
What is Redundancy?
What is Replication?
Replication Methods
Data Backup vs. Disaster Recovery
Introduction to CAP Theorem
Components of CAP Theorem
Trade-offs in Distributed Systems
Examples of CAP Theorem in Practice
Beyond CAP Theorem
Introduction to Databases
SQL Databases
NoSQL Databases
ACID vs BASE Properties
Real-World Examples and Case Studies
SQL Normalization and Denormalization
In-Memory Database vs. On-Disk Database
Data Replication vs. Data Mirroring
Database Federation
What are Indexes?
Types of Indexes
Introduction to Bloom Filters
How Bloom Filters Work
Benefits & Limitations of Bloom Filters
Variants and Extensions of Bloom Filters
Applications of Bloom Filters
Difference Between Long-Polling, WebSockets, and Server-Sent Events
What is Quorum?
What is Heartbeat?
What is Checksum?
Uses of Checksum
What is Leader and Follower Pattern?
What is Security and Privacy?
What is Authentication?
What is Authorization?
Authentication vs. Authorization
OAuth vs. JWT for Authentication
What is Encryption?
What are DDoS Attacks?
Introduction to Messaging System
Introduction to Kafka
Messaging patterns
Popular Messaging Queue Systems
RabbitMQ vs. Kafka vs. ActiveMQ
Scalability and Performance
What is a Distributed File System?
Architecture of a Distributed File System
Key Components of a DFS
Batch Processing vs. Stream Processing
Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Communication
Push vs. Pull Notification Systems
Microservices vs. Serverless Architecture
Message Queues vs. Service Bus
Stateful vs. Stateless Architecture
Event-Driven vs. Polling Architecture
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