Thoughts on MIT's FastPass system?
From what I've gathered it's similar to a fast-acting Chef/Puppet setup for routers. I think that's overly paraphrased, but it seems like a really interesting concept.
At the annual conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Data Communication, in August, MIT researchers will present a new network-management system that, in experiments, reduced the average queue length of routers in a Facebook data center by 99.6 percent — virtually doing away with queues. When network traffic was heavy, the average latency — the delay between the request for an item of information and its arrival — shrank nearly as much, from 3.56 microseconds to 0.23 microseconds.
Wow! Now that's impressive!
Here's the other link, I haven't looked at it much. It sounds really cool in theory for some applications.
Very different from Chef and Puppet. They only push out configuration.