Is a PhD in distributed systems worth it?

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Oct 6, 2019 9 Comments

Hey all, hope you had a great weekend!

I’ve always wanted to get a PhD for the fun of it and be a professor after I gain real world experience and sell a software company or two.

I’m wondering what people think of distributed systems as a concentration?

I do distributed systems / SRE right now and it doesn’t feel like work.

Definitely want to go deeper into something worth while though.

Any distributed systems or PhD’s out there that can give some context on this decision?

Happy to hear from others too :)

Cheers 🍺

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  • Citadel Securities / Eng bluetiger
    Definitely don’t do a PhD “for the fun of it”. The successful PhDs I know were people who couldn’t imagine doing anything else in life except what they studied.
    Oct 6, 2019 0
  • Nutanix numero
    If you are asking this question, you probably should not do it. It is highly rigorous and often brightest folks drop out in 2 years. There is not any shiny algo to implement , mostly in proving correctness of algo meant to improve performance or reduce failure by tiny bit. UIUC is best known for distributed systems. Check out professor’s reserch if that is something you would want to grind for 6 years without any sort of social life in worst case
    Oct 6, 2019 3
    • Cisco
      MetricsMan

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      What? I’m just trying to get feedback on what people think of it.

      I can definitely handle it intellectually lol. 3 people in my immediate have earned their PhD in something technical.

      Do you know any good programs on the west coast?
      Oct 6, 2019
    • Citadel Securities / Eng bluetiger
      It’s not about handling it intellectually. Unless you are incredibly driven by the research itself, you’re going to burn out and eventually drop out.
      Oct 6, 2019
    • Citadel Securities / Eng bluetiger
      There are plenty of good programs on the west coast - note it is also going to be much harder to get into a good program coming from a work background.
      Oct 6, 2019
  • NIO tmpVar
    seriously?
    Oct 6, 2019 2
    • Cisco
      MetricsMan

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      Yes?
      Oct 6, 2019
    • NIO tmpVar
      TC, YoE?
      Oct 6, 2019
  • NIO tmpVar
    It depends.

    a. You can code
    b. You can sing/dance etc
    Oct 6, 2019 0

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