Past Presentations

Mature Microservices and How to Operate Them

At the Financial Times, we built our first microservices in 2013. We like a microservices-based approach, because by breaking up the system into lots of independently deployable services - making releases small, quick and reversible - we can deliver more value, more quickly, to our...

Sarah Wells Technical Director for Operations and Reliability @FT (Financial Times)
Avoiding Alerts Overload From Microservices

Microservices can be a great way to work: the services are simple, you can use the right technology for the job, and deployments become smaller and less risky. Unfortunately, other things become more complex. You probably took some time to design a deployment pipeline and set up self-service...

Sarah Wells Technical Director for Operations and Reliability @FT (Financial Times)
Restoring Confidence in Microservices: Tracing That's More Than Traces

For software development at scale, confidence is everything. A few years back, we lost confidence in our velocity, so we moved to microservices to allow our teams to deploy without talking to each other. It worked! Too well. And now we are faced with an even graver crisis of confidence: nobody...

Ben Sigelman Co-Founder @LightStepHQ & Co-Creator Dapper & @OpenTracing API Standard
Do You Really Know Your Response Times?

With the recent surge in highly available microsevervices with high incoming traffic, it is becoming more and more important to know how your service is performing right now and to be able to diagnose issues in production quickly. It took a while for us to understand how to produce meaningful...

Daniel Rolls Collecting and Interpreting Large-Scale Data Collected @SkyUK
After Acceptance: Reasoning About System Outputs

Modern software development allows us to prove that new work is functionally complete. We write a set of executable specifications. We automatically execute them in the form of acceptance tests as part of our continuous delivery pipeline. When all the tests pass, we are done! This approach is...

Dr. Stefanos Zachariadis Senior Software Engineer
Realtime & Personalized Notifications @Twitter

Twitter Notifications Infrastructure enables hundreds of millions of users to stay informed about what’s going on in their Twitter world. Our systems process large volumes of data (aka the Twitter firehose) and deliver realtime and personalized notifications to all kinds of users, ranging from...

Gary Lam Tech Lead Notifications, Staff Software Engineer @ Twitter
Saurabh Pathak Leads Notifications Team @Twitter


Yan Cui Senior Developer at Space Ape Games

The Present and Future of Serverless Observability

What is the focus of your work today?

At the moment, I’m building the backend services for a real-time multiplayer game on mobile, including an inhouse networking stack that will be deployed globally and supports both TCP and reliable UDP. We’re still doing a lot of tuning, and would put an early alpha build in front of users for external validation on our networking...

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Jonas Bonér Founder & CTO @Lightbend / Creator of Akka

How Events Are Reshaping Modern Systems

How you you describe the persona and level of the target audience?

My talk is for programmers and architects (from beginners to experienced) that are interested in and intrigued by event-driven systems and event-driven architecture.

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Emily Nakashima Engineer @Honeycomb & Co-Organizer of the AndConf Code Retreat / Unconference

Observable JS Apps

Tell me a bit about managing the product team at Honeycomb.

We are a super small startup, we're scaling up quickly. The interesting thing that my team is tasked with is creating new ways to visualize and understand complex distributed systems. The tool is in a space between log aggregator, metrics, tracing — the intersection of all those kinds of tools. The most interesting thing that we do...

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