Track: Architectures You've Always Wondered about


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A successful architecture evolves to meet the needs of the business it serves. With time, it starts mixing with company’s culture and reflects engineering team’s philosophy. Scaling is one big challenge that many teams face, but there are many others - stability, resilience, engineering velocity, quality, operations and supportability are just some of the other nonfunctional aspects that architectures can optimize for. These are common to projects of all sizes, once gaining at least some measure of success. In this track, we will bring speakers from some of the most interesting companies and try to draw lessons from their experience. Each talk will focus on hard-won practical lessons that should give you something to think about and apply to your own work. Come to learn and share.

9:00am - 9:50am

by David Fullerton
VP of Engineering of Stack Exchange

Stack Exchange tech team breaks a lot of conventions. Their stack is a monolith. They scale one of the top sites in the world primarily through vertical scaling. They are further bucking a lot of trends by running their own hardware, and using Microsoft's .NET stack, and having about 50% of their team remote. Clearly they are doing something right, since the performance numbers speak for themselves

In this talk, David will share some of the...

10:15am - 11:05am

by Micah Lemonik
Engineering lead in the Google Apps group

Micah Lemonik of Google NYC will discuss the challenges of building behaviorally complex products and realtime state management systems at a global scale.

Learn about the architectural history of Google Docs and how we build the worlds largest real time collaboration platform and how we make that platform available to developers.

Some of the things covered:

  • Making realtime collaboration on any document type work 
  • Making a word processor and...
11:30am - 12:20pm

by George Barnett
Saas Platform Architect at Atlassian

Many software companies offer both download and cloud installations of their products. However, this has created unique challenges on the backend for teams who often have internal processes optimized for just one method of delivery.

Platform Architect George Barnett discusses techniques for building the supporting infrastructure for a hybrid model, and how to make monitoring, deployment tools, and shared services such as proxies/email/etc. work effectively. Hint: containers play a key...

1:30pm - 2:20pm

by Gil Shklarski
VP of Technology at Flatiron Health

In this talk, Gil will share some of the principles and techniques used by Flatiron to build the nation’s largest cancer database. Flatiron Health’s platform connects cancer centers across the country on a common technology infrastructure, supporting treatment for about 1 in 5 active cancer patients in the U.S. Their architecture is focused on enabling rapid development iterations with cancer specialists, nurses, and other stakeholders. Rapidly integrating medical data from hundreds of...

2:40pm - 3:30pm

by Viktor Gamov
Expert on JavaScript and co-authored "Enterprise Web Development"

You’re an architect or a senior developer with the years of experience creating amazing applications. And you’ve just been assigned to a low latency project! Because you’re an expert, you’re expected to master a new In-Memory caching/data technology and be productive from Day One. Not only that, but you have to contend with new topologies and data stores like NoSQL or Hadoop. Trust me, it’s not as bad as it appears and setting up in-memory data is NOT as hard as you think.


Host: Jean Barmash VP Engineering at Merchantry, Co-organizer, CTO School Meetup


Wednesday Jun 10

Thursday Jun 11

Friday Jun 12