Asynchronous Systems

When not everything has to happen in order or at this very moment, you probably have what could be an asynchronous system.

Wikipedia Says..

In a synchronous system, operations are coordinated under the centralized control of a fixed-rate clock signal or several clocks.

An asynchronous digital system, in contrast, has no global clock: instead, it operates under distributed control, with concurrent hardware components communicating and synchronizing on channels.


Say we are developing a system that processes uploads by a user, like YouTube… Processing a video in the same request as the upload itself is just not feasible for a lot of content these days.

What’s the solution to that? We break it up, issue jobs, and tell the user that we have their content, and to wait a while. But then, we also want to notify the user when the video is ready for the public! That’s another signal that gets sent from one place to another.

When we see that information flows from a start point, gets analyzed, and causes a reaction to emit more information, we have an asynchronous system.

When we see that we can break a process up to speed up requests, like the story behind beanstalk, we can have an asynchronous system.