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The Language of Compression

This presentation discusses each part of the durable storage stack, from the hardware on up, and how usage numbers can take on different meanings at each layer. It covers  what's important to know at each layer, and how to think about and talk about concepts like compression, fragmentation, write amplification, and wear leveling. Finally, it examines different ways benchmarketers present data deceptively, and provides some techniques for identifying and cutting through those kinds of misrepresentations.

What Sovereign CDS Spreads Potentially Tell Us about Currency Risk

Currency risk is embedded within CDS prices; if a country defaults, the value of its currency is likely to drop, to the detriment of investors with CDS exposure to that currency. The recently widening gap between European sovereign CDS priced in EUR and those priced in USD may therefore herald rising distress for the European Union as a whole.