Leveraging Determinism

Determinism is a very powerful concept when paired with fast business logic. We discuss both intuitive and not-so-obvious architecture choices that can be made to dramatically scale and simplify systems with these properties.

We built our latency sensitive exchange around a blazing fast open source raft cluster. After some time in production, observations about the nature of our request and event messages coupled with some timely advice led us to upend our service topology. Find out how rerunning core logic at the edges of a system can:

  • Decrease bandwidth usage and buffering across the system
  • Protect against thundering herd problems by making network usage more predictable
  • Simplify the logic of gateway and persistence services downstream from your core logic


Frank Yu

Senior Engineering Manager @Coinbase

Frank is an engineering leader at Coinbase, focusing on distributed low latency trading platforms. Prior to Coinbase, he served as Principal Engineer and later Director of Software Engineering at FairX, leading the design and build of what would become the Coinbase Derivatives Exchange post acquisition. Frank has spent over a decade making tradeoffs on mission critical systems with submillisecond response times and loves chatting about complexity, testing, and performance.

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Thursday Dec 1 / 12:30PM PST ( 50 minutes )


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