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Understanding the Actor Model to Build Non-blocking, High-throughput Distributed Systems

In this post, we explore the intricacies of designing distributed scalable systems and discuss the related concepts. We use an example of an e-commerce website where multiple users are concurrently competing to buy a product limited in number. We delve into the Actor Model, which provides a way of building non-blocking, high-throughput distributed systems. We discuss how Actors run in clusters and facilitate asynchronous communication in distributed systems. We also examine the need for synchronization in concurrent threads accessing the same method and how the Actor Model provides a way to avoid the use of locks and the associated problems. This post will help immensely with software architecture and system design interview rounds, and help you become a better software engineer.