The Scalability & Performance Conference

Surge 2015

September 23 - 25, National Harbor, MD


Call For Papers

Scalability is not just about the number of servers you have or transactions you process. When you are managing highly scalable internet systems, you understand that scalability must be consider at every aspect of your organization. At Surge, we explore these various aspects of scaling, including:

  • Scaling Infrastructure including configuration management, monitoring, hybrid cloud architectures, storage systems, and other challenges seen at scale (e.g. time synchronization).
  • Scaling Architecture including distributed databases, load balancing and resource allocation, decoupled systems, and fault-tolerant. Heterogeneous technology stacks are real, common, and welcome.
  • Scaling Organizations including team structure, review techniques, code review processes, and establishing cross-organization accountability.

Our favorite talks are those that recognize failure as a part of success. Truely valuable sessions present a problem and honestly walk the audience through the series of mis-steps that ultimately result in finding the right path. A story of success rising from the ashes of failure; the bigger the fire, the more people learn.

We want you to come and speak to a global audience on the challenges of scaling large Internet-facing architectures. Our speaker package includes free registration for the event, and travel and lodging assitance is available for those who need it. Have a special need? Just ask and we'll see what we can do.

Need more inspiration? Check out the Surge 2014 videos.

Proposals should include a title and description (3-6 paragraphs, bullet points welcome), along with a Speaker bio. If you have a paper, slides, or additional supporting material, please include that with your submission. Note that session are expected to last 50 minutes, and you may want to reserve time for Q&A at the end. Deadline for all proposals:  11:59pm EDT on March 31, 2015.
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About Surge Conference

Two days of mind-blowing practitioner-oriented sessions presented by some of the most established professionals in our field.

OmniTI has a reputation for scalable web applications and architectures, and a history of sharing the knowledge we learn working on some of the most critical web infrastructure you'll find anywhere.
Surge allows us to continue this mission, bringing the best and brightest in Web Operations to the East Coast. Now in its sixth year, Surge has become the place where thought leaders in scalability and performance gather.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Meet and network in the Gaylord National Resort's intimate setting with industry peers and attendees from all over the tech industry, as well as from the media and publishing sectors.

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Surge 2015 will be hosted at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, MD.

Gaylord National Resort 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 2015's Surge Party, sponsored by Carpathia.

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center is now accepting hotel reservations for Surge 2015. Through their website you can book, modify, or cancel your hotel reservations at any time.


September 23 - 25, 2015 at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center in Maryland.


The Surge Conference is the place where Web Infrastructure and Scalability experts gather, advance and emerge. It is where you can access the people and ideas that matter most to your company and career.

Friendly Space Policy

OmniTI is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. Harassment may include but is not limited to offensive verbal comments, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, unwelcome following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately; conference staff will be happy to provide escorts or otherwise assist attendees to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We expect participants to follow these rules at all conference venues and conference-related social events. Conference staff can be identified by special badges.

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