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Distributed Systems

Past Presentations

Seamlessly Migrating To Serverless with 80-Million Users

A deep dive into how serverless won over traditional approaches to web stacks. How it impacted DevOps, costs, and what we look forward to in the future.

Tyler Love CTO @bustle
Digital Publishing for Scale: The Economist and Go

The Economist newspaper was first printed in 1843. Since then, readers consume news in rapidly evolving ways and technology has taken the forefront in delivering content and enabling the severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and an unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our...

Kathryn Jonas Lead Engineer
Heretical Resilience: To Repair is Human

Resilient architecture is often thought of solely in terms of its technical aspects - with the right distributed system or automated failover or fancy new orchestration software, we want to believe we can avoid the inevitability of failure. While it is certainly true that we can design our...

Ryn Daniels Staff Infrastructure Engineer @travisci
Help! I Accidentally Distributed My System!

Mobile and web apps are increasingly built on Backends as a Service, Platforms as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service solutions. We snap together SaaS software and vendor products, adding pieces until we’ve built a complex system out of seemingly simple parts. We’ve all become...

Emily Nakashima Software Engineer & Engineering Manager @Honeycombio
Rachel Myers Developer Programs Engineer @Google
Platforms at Twilio: Unlocking Developer Effectiveness

What does the DevOps tooling look like at your organization? A result of the mainstream adoption of microservice architectures and DevOps culture is the increased burden of complexity and responsibilities for software engineers. Since Twilio’s inception, it has adopted a DevOps culture of...

Justin Kitagawa Senior Director Platform Engineering @twilio

Interviews

Emily Nakashima Software Engineer & Engineering Manager @Honeycombio Rachel Myers Developer Programs Engineer @Google

Help! I Accidentally Distributed My System!

Can you tell me about the work you do today?

Rachel: I work at Google on Firebase Security Rules and Google Cloud Policy. Firebase is a Backend As A Service. We provide tools for developers to keep their apps secure. Google Cloud Policy helps system administrators to ensure that all their apps have the same security policy.

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Justin Kitagawa Senior Director Platform Engineering @twilio

Platforms at Twilio: Unlocking Developer Effectiveness

What are you doing today?

I'm a senior director of engineering for our platform. Twilio is comprised of 100+ different engineering teams. We share the same engineering DNA as Amazon and Netflix, so we have smaller autonomous 2-pizzas teams that are responsible for a subsection of our overall puzzle. There are vertical teams and horizontal teams. Vertical teams...

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Michele Titolo Tech Lead and Architect @Square

No Microservice Is an Island

You worked at Capital One first and then switched over to Square. So what were you working on at Capital One?

At Capital One, I was working on the first layer of services that our mobile app and website hit. Any new mobile or web request would first reach the service owned by my team.  This service implemented security and customisation logic and then made a server request to the broader Capital one ecosystem. Capital One has a lot of...

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Brian Chambers Enterprise Architect @ChickfilA Caleb Hurd Site Reliability Engineer @ChickfilA

Chick-Fil-A: Milking the Most Out of 1000's of K8s Clusters

How does the Kubernetes implementation at Chick-Fil-A differ from more common approaches to Kubernetes deployments?

Brian: Most of the people that we see in the industry that are running Kubernetes clusters at any kind of scale (or really running and big container platforms) generally have a cloud-based infrastructure that they run in AWS (or Google). Most companies have a single or a few sizeable Kubernetes clusters with a large number of nodes (on...

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Niko Kurtti Production Engineer @Shopify

Forced Evolution: Shopify's Journey to Kubernetes

What’s the focus of your work today?

I'm on the cloud platform team. Mostly I'm working with Kubernetes. The main goal is to make sure our platform for developers is working. That may mean that I'm debugging some issues with Docker or Kubernetes, or I’m writing Golang to automate the platform. Today, I'm actually working on improving our cluster life cycle, we are...

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Aish Dahal Engineer @pagerduty

Modeling the Real World With Elixir/OTP

What is the focus of your work today?

I work on event-based systems that leverage Elixir/OTP and quite a bit of Apache Kafka. My team is building a platform for enriching and processing high volumes of data in real time.

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