Modern CS in the Real World

Location: St James, 4th flr.

Day of week: Monday

Applied trends in Computer Science that are likely to affect Software Engineers today.

Track Host:
Justin Cormack
Developer @Docker

Justin Cormack is developer at Docker, working on unikernels.

10:35am - 11:25am

by Heidi Howard
Distributed Systems PhD Candidate @CambridgeComputerLab

Reaching agreement is never easy and distributed systems are no exception to this rule. In this talk, we take a journey though the history, to the current reality and look ahead to the future for distributed consensus. We start over three decades ago, when the field of distributed consensus began with a proof of its impossibility. We will journey to today’s data centres where algorithms such as Paxos, Zab and Raft provide a fundamental service to widely-adopted...

11:50am - 12:40pm

by Michael Tautschnig
Software Development Engineer @AWS Security

Security is a top priority at Amazon Web Services. As we have a shared responsibility model with customers, AWS manages the components from the operating system down to the physical security of the facilities; AWS customers are responsible for building secure applications on top of it. In this talk I will describe tools that support our customers in securing their applications, and tools that we use to secure the infrastructure. Under the hood, these tools use formal methods to provide...

1:40pm - 2:30pm

by Gil Tene
CTO and co-founder @AzulSystems

Getting the most of your Java applications can be an interesting challenge. Understanding some of the optimizations the latest crop of JVMs are able to apply when running on the latest servers may help with that.

This talk will discuss some of those features and optimizations. Along with discussing JIT compiler capabilities, we will dive into how such optimizations interplay with warmup, startup, rare executions, and dynamic JIT adaptations. We will also discuss the issues that these...

2:55pm - 3:45pm

by Martin Kleppmann
Software Engineer, Author, & Samza and Avro Committer

We all know how to build applications that rely on a central server. However, such centralisation is not always desirable, and recently there has been new interest in developing decentralised applications. Blockchains inevitably come up in that conversation, but when you examine them critically, not every problem is best solved by a blockchain.

In this talk we will explore how to ensure data consistency in distributed systems,...

4:10pm - 5:00pm

by Moritz Lipp
Researcher in Information Security at Graz University of Technology

With the customers demand of high-performance computing, CPU manufacturers deploy more and more sophisticated optimizations in their processors to increase the performance as much as possible. However, these performance optimizations often come with the downside of enabling side-channel attacks to infer sensitive information. With the beginning of this year, two critical vulnerabilities exploiting hardware optimizations in modern processors were disclosed to the...

5:25pm - 6:15pm