University of Cambridge
Research into distributed parallelism on "The cloud" has surged lately. As the research agenda and methodology in this area are being established, the authors observe a tendency towards certain common simplifications and shortcuts employed by researchers, which they provocatively term "Sins". They believe that these sins, in some cases, are threats to the scientific integrity and practical applicability of the research presented. In this paper, they identify and discuss seven "Deadly sins" (many of which they have ourselves committed!), present evidence illustrating that they pose real problems, and discuss ways for the community to avoid them in the future.