Grokking the Advanced System Design Interview

Learn system design through architectural review of real systems.
Level:
Advanced
Study Time:
21h
Lessons:
118
33,977 (Students)
Course Overview

System design questions have increasingly become an integral part of software engineering interviews. For senior engineers, the discussion around system design is considered even more important than solving a coding question. In a system design interview, you can show your real design skills and show how they will work with designing complex systems. It is a given that a good performance in system design interviews will get you a senior position and result in higher salaries.

This course presents the architectural review of famous distributed systems. The main goal is to extract out important design details that are relevant to system design interviews. The course also presents a list of system design patterns that constitute the common design problems and their solutions that different distributed systems have developed over time.

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Course Content
11 Chapters • 118 Lessons
1.
Introduction
1 lesson
What Is This Course About?
2.
Dynamo: How to design a key value store?
12 lessons
Dynamo: Introduction
High-Level Architecture
Data Partitioning
Replication
Vector Clocks and Conflicting Data
The Life of Dynamo’s put() & get() Operations
Anti-entropy Through Merkle Trees
Gossip Protocol
Dynamo Characteristics and Criticism
Summary: Dynamo
Quiz: Dynamo
Mock Interview: Dynamo
Cassandra: Introduction
High-level Architecture
Replication
Cassandra Consistency Levels
Gossiper
Anatomy of Cassandra's Write Operation
Anatomy of Cassandra's Read Operation
Compaction
Tombstones
Summary: Cassandra
Quiz: Cassandra
Mock Interview: Cassandra
Messaging Systems: Introduction
Kafka: Introduction
High-level Architecture
Kafka: Deep Dive
Consumer Groups
Kafka Workflow
Role of ZooKeeper
Controller Broker
Kafka Delivery Semantics
Kafka Characteristics
Summary: Kafka
Quiz: Kafka
Mock Interview: Kafka
Chubby: Introduction
High-level Architecture
Design Rationale
How Chubby Works
File, Directories, and Handles
Locks, Sequencers, and Lock-delays
Sessions and Events
Master Election and Chubby Events
Caching
Database
Scaling Chubby
Summary: Chubby
Quiz: Chubby
Mock Interview: Chubby
Google File System: Introduction
High-level Architecture
Single Master and Large Chunk Size
Metadata
Master Operations
Anatomy of a Read Operation
Anatomy of a Write Operation
Anatomy of an Append Operation
GFS Consistency Model and Snapshotting
Fault Tolerance, High Availability, and Data Integrity
Garbage Collection
Criticism on GFS
Summary: GFS
Quiz: GFS
Mock Interview: GFS
Hadoop Distributed File System: Introduction
High-level Architecture
Deep Dive
Anatomy of a Read Operation
Anatomy of a Write Operation
Data Integrity & Caching
Fault Tolerance
HDFS High Availability (HA)
HDFS Characteristics
Summary: HDFS
Quiz: HDFS
Mock Interview: HDFS
BigTable: Introduction
BigTable Data Model
System APIs
Partitioning and High-level Architecture
SSTable
GFS and Chubby
Bigtable Components
Working with Tablets
The Life of BigTable's Read & Write Operations
Fault Tolerance and Compaction
BigTable Refinements
BigTable Characteristics
Summary: BigTable
Quiz: BigTable
Mock Interview: BigTable
Introduction: System Design Patterns
1. Bloom Filters
2. Consistent Hashing
3. Quorum
4. Leader and Follower
5. Write-ahead Log
6. Segmented Log
7. High-Water Mark
8. Lease
9. Heartbeat
10. Gossip Protocol
11. Phi Accrual Failure Detection
12. Split Brain
13. Fencing
14. Checksum
15. Vector Clocks
16. CAP Theorem
17. PACELC Theorem
18. Hinted Handoff
19. Read Repair
20. Merkle Trees
Quiz I
Quiz II
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