Surge — A Scalability & Performance Conference, presented by OmniTI.

Surge 2010 Keynote & Speaker List

Discussing Scalability Matters…

…because scalability matters. Surge is more than an event, it's a chance to identify emerging trends and meet the architects behind established technologies. Learn from their mistakes and see how their victories can power your business forward.

Justin Sheehy Speaker

Justin Sheehy CTO, Basho Technologies

Justin Sheehy is the CTO of Basho Technologies, the company behind the creation of Webmachine and Riak. As Chief Technology Officer, Justin Sheehy directs Basho's technical strategy, including integration with other platforms and new research into storage and distributed systems. Most recently before Basho, he was a principal scientist at the MITRE Corporation and a senior architect for systems infrastructure at Akamai. At both of those companies he focused on multiple aspects of robust distributed systems, including scheduling algorithms, language-based formal models, and resilience.

Justin's Talks

Embracing Concurrency at Scale

Day 1 - 11:00 am

Location: Corinthian

  • Scalability
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We're at Surge because we agree that scalability matters. However, words like "scaling" get thrown around sometimes without discussing the fundamental problems that come along with distributed systems. Some of these problems (such as the CAP theorem) are often referred to without understanding the context that makes them important.

Justin will focus on methods for designing and building robust fundamentally-concurrent distributed systems. These approaches have been learned through building customer-facing web applications, data storage and processing systems, and server management tools. We will look at practices that are "common knowledge" but too often forgotten, at old lessons that the software industry at large has somehow missed, and at some general "good practices" and rules that must be thrown away when moving into a distributed and concurrent world.

Speakers will be added as we approach the event dates. Visit back for updates to this page and the Sessions Calendar.