The Scalability and Performance Conference

September 24 - 26th at National Harbor, MD
Speakers

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Jason Hoffman

Jason Hoffman

 Ericsson
 VP, Head of Product Line, Cloud Software, Business Unit Cloud and IP

 @jasonh


Keynote  Scaling Through Acquisition

Previously at Surge, there has been discussions around how to scale applications, data stores, engineering teams and even the individual engineer. These are usually organic approaches where you form the nucleus of a team and how rapidly you can move depends on hiring, training and motivation. However, there are times when it’s either not fast enough or where a company has identified a critical portfolio gap that it wants to fill during through acquisition. Often it comes with existing product and engineering teams with their own ways of working and culture. In this talk, Jason Hoffman will discuss the product and engineering approach (versus the typical financial and sale cases) to evaluating M&A targets and how to maximize the success and ease of integration.

Brian Akins

Brian Akins
OmniTI
@bakins

Thursday, 4:00 PM in Eastern Shore II
Scaling Architecture
Scaling for Planned Events: Theory, Practice, and Aftermath

Some websites have the seemingly “good problem” of having planned traffic spikes. In theory, planning for such events should be fairly straight forward, however, the reality is generally not so clear. This is true… MORE »

Josh Anderson

Josh Anderson
StepLeader Inc.
@nosrednAhsoJ

Thursday, 1:30 PM in Cherry Blossom
Scaling Architecture
Automating Your Mobile Development Ecosystem

Take home the lessons Josh and his team learned along the path to effective mobile automation and learn the challenges that remain. MORE »

Jodok Batlogg

Jodok Batlogg
Crate Technology
@jodok

Thursday, 11:30 AM in Eastern Shore II
Scaling Infrastructure
A Backend for the Internet of Things

In this talk, we will discuss the ideal data store architecture for the Internet of Things (or any data intensive application), its requirement for massively scalable horizontal scaling, the different… MORE »

Kristopher Beevers

Kristopher Beevers
NSONE Inc.
@beevek

Friday, 11:00 AM in Eastern Shore II
Scaling Architecture
Data Driven DNS: Traffic Management for Distributed Applications

Real-world use cases for the new NSONE DNS platform, ranging from traditional scenarios like failover and geotargeting, to truly data driven ones like load shedding… MORE »

Hooman Beheshti

Hooman Beheshti
Fastly

Friday, 11:00 AM in Cherry Blossom
Scaling Architecture
Caching the Uncacheable: Leveraging Your CDN to Cache Dynamic Content

In this session, we’ll look at the challenges CDNs face with dynamic content and how you can use programmatic means to fully integrate your applications with your CDN. MORE »

Samantha Billington

Samantha Billington
Turnitin
 

Friday, 4:00 PM in Eastern Shore II
Scaling Architecture
The Breakup: Logically Sharding a Large and Growing PostgreSQL Database

[with Fred Moyer] Faced with a large (500 gigabyte) and rapidly growing PostgreSQL database we were headed for trouble. We needed a Database Access Layer to break up the database into separate pieces, and we needed… MORE »

Jos Boumans

Jos Boumans
Krux
@jiboumans

Friday, 1:30 PM in Eastern Shore II
Scaling Architecture
How To Measure Everything; a Million Metrics per second with Minimal Developer Overhead

Krux grew from zero traffic to several billion requests per day in the span of 2 years, and we did so exclusively in AWS. To make the right decisions in such a volatile environment, we knew that data is everything… MORE »

Yoav Cohen

Yoav Cohen
Incapsula
@incapsula_com

Thursday, 4:00 PM in Cherry Blossom
Scaling Infrastructure
From 1000 a Day to 1000 a Second: Our Many Attempts To Build a Big Data System & How We Finally Nailed It

This talk is intended to provide practical, real-world information for companies currently trying to tackle the Big Data problem. MORE »

Roland Cozzolino

Roland Cozzolino
MediaMath
@MediaMath

Friday, 10:00 AM in Eastern Shore II
Scaling Infrastructure
How To Cope with 100 Billion Opportunities a Day

A walk through how MediaMath team built a platform that serves as the underlying pipes of a such an ecosystem: the digital marketing ecosystem. MORE »

Fran Fabrizio

Fran Fabrizio
University of Minnesota
@franfabrizio

Thursday, 1:30 PM in Eastern Shore II
Scaling Organizations
Scaffolding for a Growing Team: How To Introduce Structure Without Being Evil

As staff and the mission grow and diversify, your team is pulled in more directions than ever before, and you’ll need some tools to stay lean, effective and focused. MORE »

Camille Fournier

Camille Fournier
Rent the Runway
@skamille

Friday, 1:30 PM in Cherry Blossom
Scaling Infrastructure
“Reverse Logistics” at Rent the Runway

A story about marrying complex technology, logistics and data considerations to physical processes that require large numbers of people making time-sensitive… MORE »

Brian Geffon

Brian Geffon
LinkedIn
 

Thursday, 10:30 AM in Eastern Shore II
Scaling Architecture
Server Side JS Execution at Scale

[with Dzmitry Markovich] Learn how we integrated JS engine into HTTP proxy, the operational and engineering experience we gained while adding dynamic… MORE »

Brian also speaks Friday, 10 AM:
Going Over the SPDY Limit[with Omer Shapira]

Brendan Gregg

Brendan Gregg
Netflix
 

Thursday, 10:30 AM in Cherry Blossom
Scaling Infrastructure
From Clouds to Roots

This talk describes the challenge of not just handling failures of scale on the Netflix cloud, but also new approaches and tools for quickly diagnosing their root cause in an ever changing environment. MORE »

Nathen Harvey

Nathen Harvey
Director of Community and #learnchef

Wednesday, 10:00 AM in Eastern Shore II
Training Session This Session is FULL!
Introduction to Chef

A Chef how-to for system and infrastructure management. We’ll discuss the server API, the code primitives, and the tools required to successfully use Chef. MORE »

Nathen Harvey

Nathen Harvey
Director of Community and #learnchef

Wednesday, 10:00 AM in Eastern Shore II
Training Session This Session is FULL!
Introduction to Chef

A Chef how-to for system and infrastructure management. We’ll discuss the server API, the code primitives, and the tools required to successfully use Chef. MORE »

Peter Herndon

Peter Herndon
Bitly
@tpherndon

Thursday, 2:30 PM in Cherry Blossom
Scaling Architecture
Streaming Your Way to Web Scale: Scaling Bitly via Stream-Based Processing

Discussion of the pros and cons of operating a streaming- based system, and examine some of the tools we built to make our service possible, particularly NSQ. MORE »

Dzmitry Markovich

Dzmitry Markovich
LinkedIn
 

Thursday, 10:30 AM in Eastern Shore II
Scaling Architecture
Server Side JS Execution at Scale - What Could Possibly Go Wrong With That?

[with Brian Geffron] Learn how we integrated JS engine into HTTP proxy, the operational and engineering experience we gained while adding dynamic language… MORE »

Caitie McCaffrey

Caitie McCaffrey
HBO
@caitieM20

Thursday, 11:30 AM in Cherry Blossom
Scaling Architecture
Halo 4: High Demand with Low Latency and High Availability

Discussion of some of the challenges faced while building services to complement Halo 4 code on disc and how Azure and Project Orleans were utilized. MORE »

Tyler McMullen

Tyler McMullen
Fastly
 

Thursday, 11:30 AM in Magnolia 3
Sponsored by Fastly
Developing a Globally Distributed Purging System

[with Bruce Spang] How do you build a distributed cache invalidation system that can invalidate content in 150 milliseconds across a global network of servers? MORE »

Tyler McMullen

Tyler McMullen
Fastly
 

Thursday, 11:30 AM in Magnolia 3
Sponsored by Fastly
Developing a Globally Distributed Purging System

[with Bruce Spang] How do you build a distributed cache invalidation system that can invalidate content in 150 milliseconds across a global network of servers? MORE »

James Meickle

James Meickle
AppNeta
@jmeickle

Friday, 4:00 PM in Cherry Blossom
Scaling Organizations
Election 2012: DevOps for Romney for President

An investigation into how early organizational and technical decisions impacted reliability and scalability during critical periods. I’ll draw on examples from my time… MORE »

Fred Moyer

Fred Moyer
Turnitin
 

Friday, 4:00 PM in Eastern Shore II
Scaling Architecture
The Breakup: Logically Sharding a Large and Growing PostgreSQL Database

[with Samantha Billington] Faced with a large (500 gigabyte) and rapidly growing PostgreSQL database we were headed for trouble. We needed a Database Access Layer to break up the database into separate pieces, and… MORE »

Jade Rubick

Jade Rubick
New Relic
@JadeRubick

Friday, 2:30 PM in Eastern Shore II
Scaling Organizations
Refactoring Organizations:
Increasing Your Impact

As a new manager or team lead, you’re suddenly doing a completely different job. Your priorities are less obvious, and your team’s happiness and productivity are… MORE »

Robert Treat

Robert Treat
OmniTI
@robtreat2

Thursday, 9:30 AM in Cherry Blossom

Opening Welcome

Program Chair Robert Treat officially kicks-off Surge 2014 with an opening welcome message and introduction of our keynote speaker.

Theo Schlossnagle

Theo Schlossnagle
OmniTI/Circonus
@postwait

Friday, 5:00 PM in Cherry Blossom

Closing Remarks

Crystallize your thoughts, end on an intellectually high note, and ponder the bacon.

Theo Schlossnagle

Theo Schlossnagle
OmniTI/Circonus
@postwait

Friday, 5:00 PM in Cherry Blossom
Closing Remarks

Crystallize your thoughts, end on an intellectually high note, and ponder the bacon.

Baron Schwartz

Baron Schwartz
VividCortex
@xaprb

Thursday, 2:30 PM in Eastern Shore II
Scaling Architecture
The Golang Effect - How Go Changed Operations at VividCortex

[with Owen Zanzal] When we founded VividCortex we evaluated a number of languages and tools to build our services on. We could have picked languages like Java, C++, Scala, or Clojure, but we chose Go (Golang)… MORE »

Omer Shapira

Omer Shapira
LinkedIn
@rhynolite

Friday, 10:00 AM in Cherry Blossom
Scaling Architecture
Going Over the SPDY Limit

[with Brian Geffon] Talk explores global CDN performance and what it takes to improve the static-content delivery mechanism with SPDY in the real world. MORE »

Bruce Spang

Bruce Spang
Fastly
 

Thursday, 11:30 AM in Magnolia 3
Sponsored by Fastly
Developing a Globally Distributed Purging System

[with Tyler McMullen] How do you build a distributed cache invalidation system that can invalidate content in 150 milliseconds across a global network of servers? MORE »

Paul Wright

Paul Wright
Etsy
@wrighty

Friday, 2:30 PM in Cherry Blossom
Scaling Architecture
What Etsy Learned Building a Distributed Tracing System

To gain better insight to a growing number of services involved in responding to a given web or API request, Etsy built a system, called CrossStitch. We’ll take a look. MORE »

Owen Zanzal

Owen Zanzal
VividCortex
@AgentO3

Thursday, 2:30 PM in Eastern Shore II
Scaling Architecture
The Golang Effect - How Go Changed Operations at VividCortex

[with Baron Schwartz] When we founded VividCortex we evaluated a number of languages and tools to build our services on. We could have picked languages like Java, C++, Scala, or Clojure, but we chose Go (Golang)… MORE »

Wednesday, Sept. 24th
10:00 AM
9:00 PM
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Birds of a Feather in Magnolia 3

Sign up is outside of Magnolia 3, or request a BoF session via email: sherry@omniti.com. Missed this BoF? There's another Thurs., 9 PM!

Thursday, Sept. 25th
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Registration Open 7 AM to 4 PM in Cherry Blossom Lobby
7:30 AM
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Breakfast and Exhibits Open in Cherry Blossom Lobby

 

9:30 AM
10:30 AM
11:30 AM
12:30 PM
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Lunch sponsored by AppNexus and Exhibits Open in Cherry Blossom Lobby
1:30 PM
2:30 PM
3:30 PM
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Coffee Break and Exhibits Open in Cherry Blossom Lobby
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
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Lightning Talks & Happy Hour sponsored by MediaMath, MC: Roland Cozzolino
6:30 PM
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Surge Party powered by Carpathia celebrates Tech Heroes in Pose
9:00 PM
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Birds of a Feather in Magnolia 3

Sign up is outside of Magnolia 3, or request a BoF session via email: sherry@omniti.com.

Friday, Sept. 26th
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Registration Open 7 AM to Noon in Cherry Blossom Lobby
8:00 AM
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Breakfast and Exhibits Open in Cherry Blossom Lobby
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
12:00 Noon
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Lunch and Exhibits Open in Cherry Blossom Lobby
1:30 PM
2:30 PM
3:30 PM
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Coffee Break and Exhibits Open in Cherry Blossom Lobby
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
Register

Hotel

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Gaylord National is the cornerstone of the 300 acre, National Harbor waterfront entertainment district, located 8 miles south of Washington DC. The resort offers visitors fine dining and casual restaurants, unique shopping experiences, an indoor pool, and 20,000 square foot spa and fitness center. And, for late-night excitement, an express elevator speeds you to the two-story, rooftop, Pose Ultra-Lounge — site of this year’s Surge Party, brought to you by Carpathia!
Book Your Hotel
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center is now accepting hotel reservations for Surge 2014. Through their website you can book, modify or cancel your hotel reservations at any time.
While you Are Here
Give Your Getaway Some Character with The DreamWorks Experience at Gaylord National! Grab the family and make your Surge attendance a getaway, where you can experience new and exciting interactive adventures with the beloved characters from such DreamWorks Animation films as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar.
Find more things to do during your stay, check out Gaylord National Entertainment Guide.
Getting to Gaylord National
Gaylord National is just a 15-minute drive from Reagan National Airport (DCA) and a 45-minute drive from both Dulles (IAD) and Baltimore Washington International (BWI) Airports. Shuttle and car service are available from either airport to the hotel.
Convenient to D.C., Maryland and Virginia
Gaylord National is just 15 minutes due south of Washington, D.C. — right off the Capital Beltway (I-95/I-495) — making it an easy drive from the surrounding Maryland and Virginia areas as well.
Sponsors

For Sponsorship Opportunities contact sherry@omniti.com

Surge 2014 Prospectus
About

The Scalability and Performance Conference

OmniTI has a reputation for scalable web applications and architectures, but we still lean on our friends and peers to see how things can be done better. Surge started as the brainchild of our employees wanting to bring the best and brightest in Web Operations to our own backyard. Now in its fifth year, Surge has become the conference on scalability and performance.
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