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

Surge 2011 Keynote & Speaker List

Discussing Scalability Matters...

...because scalability matters. Surge is 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.

Bryan Cantrill Speaker

Bryan Cantrill VP of Engineering, Joyent

Bryan Cantrill is the VP of Engineering at Joyent, where he oversees worldwide development of the SmartOS and SmartDataCenter platforms. Prior to joining Joyent, Bryan served as a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, where he spent over a decade working on system software, from the guts of the kernel to client-code on the browser and much in between. In particular, he co-designed and implemented DTrace, a facility for dynamic instrumentation of production systems that won the Wall Street Journal's top Technology Innovation Award in 2006 and the USENIX Software Tools User Group Award in 2008. Bryan also co-founded the Fishworks group at Sun, where he designed and implemented the DTrace-based analytics facility for the Sun Storage 7000 series of appliances.

Bryan's Talks

Building a Real-Time Cloud Analytics Service with Node.js

2:30 - 3:30 p.m., September 29th

Location: Corinthian Room


We present our experience designing, implementing, and deploying a Node.js-based distributed system for analyzing system and application performance across a datacenter. Our system's design, and particularly the choice of programming environment, were driven by our goals of supporting real-time analysis of problems spanning hundreds of production systems, which requires that the system deal with large volumes of data with very low latency. We will briefly discuss these considerations and why we chose Node.js for the implementation. We will then present our actual experience building and deploying the software, including topics of software development speed; availability of libraries and tools for development, testing, and verification; difficulties observing and debugging Node applications (especially post-mortem); packaging issues related to lack of C++ binary compatibility; and other development and deployment issues. Finally, we will close with a demonstration of the facility itself, and some discussions of the production pathologies that it has found—including the results of using the facility to analyze its own performance.

We are announcing the 2011 line up of speakers and sessions starting on May 19th. One each day, in no particular order.

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