Presentation: Tasty 'Topics' for Distributed Systems



10:35am - 11:25am

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Are you struggling to pick through large amounts of real time data? Does your IoT project create vast amounts of data and you don’t know how get actionable insights quickly enough? Did you consider the publish/subscribe pattern?

With some imagination, pub/sub can often provide surprisingly simple, efficient solutions. In this talk I’ll highlight some interesting ways to apply pub/sub to some common problems:

  • Migrating between data formats;
  • Finding the nearest… thing;
  • Replaying of the state of the world;
  • Controlling third party access to data;
  • Monitoring the health of your pub/sub technology.

Speaker: Tom Fairbairn

Systems Architect @Solace

Tom is an experienced Systems Architect specialising in middleware, helping customers design, architect and deploy messaging across a wide range of industries and use cases, from retail, governmental, financial and gaming. Tom has a wide experience of the technology industry, first as a network ASIC designer for 3Com, then as a design consultant for processor vendors such as ARM (the chances are if you’ve used a smart phone you’ve used some of Tom’s work) and as an architect and developer for hedge funds. Tom currently works at Solace Systems in their London office.

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