More ìFundamentals & Architectureî
- This stuff is hard
- This stuff is surprisingly hard, even for experienced professionals
I know now just how much hubris it really took to choose a title like this.
When I submitted my proposal for this talk, Skynet was just beginning the design phase for their ìnext generationî mail system, and I was quite confident that by this time, I would simply be talking about history ó the ìbeen there, done that, took some pictures, hereís my album if youíd care to look at itî sort of thing.
Boy, was I wrong. In fact, Skynet is just now starting the implementation phase for the next-generation mail system (based on the architecture presented in this talk), and no one knows yet just how everything is going to turn out.
Of course, everyone talks about their having an IMAP-based mail system that will scale to millions of users, but no one actually has such a beast. The largest I am personally familiar with is about 200,000 users. When Skynet turns their system on, it should immediately be about one million users, since thatís about what weíve got across all our various mail systems today, and this is intended to take over from all of them.