The State of the Serverless Art

Joe Hellerstein
Aug 13, 2020 · 14 min read
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Serverless computing is beginning to deliver on the vision of allowing developers to program the cloud.

Over the past 2 years, the Hydro team I lead at Berkeley’s RISELab has been running hard and fast in the area of serverless computing. We designed and built a stateful Functions-as-a-Service platform called Cloudburst. I like to say “Cloudburst puts the state into the state-of-the-art” in serverless computing.

In addition to the software prototype, papers on Cloudburst and serverless computing have been…