December 10, 2013
RICON is Basho’s conference series that’s focused on distributed systems. However, just because it is hosted by Basho does not mean it’s all about Riak. While the conference does feature some sessions about what’s new with Riak and Riak in production, we also try and bring speakers that are using other distributed systems to solve industry problems.
This year at RICON West, Jeff Hodges (Distributed Systems Engineer at Twitter) and Jason Brown (Senior Software Engineer at Netflix) both spoke about their experiences with distributed systems, including non-Riak systems.
Jeff Hodges’ talk, “Practicalities of Productionizing Distributed Systems,” discusses some of his tactics and strategies for getting a distributed system into production. He draws upon his experiences at Twitter and shares what he has learned from launching distributed systems at one of the largest social media companies. You can watch the full talk below.
Jason Brown’s talk, “Dynamic Dynamos: Comparing Riak and Cassandra,” provides a comparison of two popular distributed systems, Basho Riak and Apache Cassandra. Jason is a committer on the Apache Cassandra project and, due to working at Netflix, has a lot of experience using Cassandra in his day-to-day. This talk compares and contrasts these two Dynamo implementations and looks at how Riak could be used at Netflix from both a data modeling standpoint, as well as operating in a cloud-based environment. His full talk is below.
You can watch all of the talks from RICON West 2013 on Basho’s Youtube Channel.
November 25, 2013
RICON is Basho’s distributed systems conference series for developers. Last month, RICON West took place at the St. Regis in San Francisco and brought together hundreds of engineers, developers, scientists, and architects to discuss the theory, practice, and importance of running distributed systems in production. It was a packed two-days with 26 talks from Basho, Google, Netflix, Seagate, The Weather Company, Twitter, and many others.
- Lindsey Kuper
- Miles O’Connell
- Eric Redmond
- James Hughes
- Justin Shoffstall and Charlie Voiselle
- Jeff Hodges
- Peter Bailis
- Ryland Degnan
- Joseph Blomstedt
- Derek Murray
All talks from Day Two will be added to the playlist over the next few weeks. Be sure to subscribe to Youtube.com/BashoTechnologies for notifications about new RICON West videos and other Basho content.
October 31, 2013
If you attended RICON West, we’d love to hear your feedback! Please fill out the survey here.
Thanks to everyone who helped make the sold-out RICON West a huge success! RICON has come a long way in just one year and we are excited to see how it grows and evolves in the future.
RICON West featured over 25 speakers from academia and industry, including speakers from Basho, Google, Microsoft Research, Netflix, Salesforce, Seagate, The Weather Company, and Twitter. Over two days, they discussed the theory, practice, and importance of running distributed systems in production as well as some predictions on what’s in store for the future. Over the next few weeks, we will be posting slides and videos from all of the talks on both ricon.io and the blog.
In case you missed it, we also received some great press. Here’s a quick recap:
- “Salesforce’s data-center design: ‘Go for web scale, and build it out of s**t!’“
- “What do we want? Strong consistency! When do we… oh, it’s in Riak v2“
What’s next for RICON? With three conferences already under our belt, we are excited to get to work on RICON Europe (our first international conference!) and continue RICON East. Keep an eye on Ricon.io and our blog for more details.
RICON West was also paired with a one-day Riak training. We plan on making these a more regular occurrence all over the country.
October 1, 2013
On October 29-30th, RICON West will take over the St. Regis in San Francisco. RICON is Basho’s distributed systems conference that brings together engineers, developers, scientists, and architects. You can purchase tickets for this almost sold-out event here: ricon-west-2013.eventbrite.com/
This year’s keynote speaker is Jeff Dean, Google Fellow at Google Inc. His talk entitled, “The Tail at Scale: Achieving Rapid Response Times in Large Online Services,” will describe a collection of techniques and practices that lower response times in large distributed systems whose components run on shared clusters of machines, where pieces of these systems are subject to interference by other tasks, and where unpredictable latency hiccups are the norm, not the exception. He will also share examples of how these techniques are used in various pieces of Google’s systems infrastructure and in various higher-level online services.
RICON West also features speakers from academia and industry, including: Peter Bailis (UC Berkeley), Justin Sheehy (Basho), Pat Helland (Salesforce.com), Jeff Hodges (Twitter), Diego Ongaro (Stanford University), Susan Potter (Finsignia), Ryland Degnan and Jason Brown (Netflix), Miles O’Connell (StackMob), Derek Murray (Microsoft), Raja Selvaraj and Arvinda Gillella (The Weather Company), and many others.
If you’ll be in San Francisco on Oct. 28th, we will also be hosting a full-day Riak training. This training will teach you everything you need to know to start building highly available, scalable systems on Riak. Tickets to both the training and RICON are still available.
Be sure to grab tickets to RICON West before they sell out and see you in San Francisco!
August 27, 2013
If you still haven’t gotten your ticket to RICON West, make sure to grab one before the early bird sale ends on August 29th. RICON West is Basho’s distributed systems conference and will take place in San Francisco on October 29-30th.
RICON West will feature speakers that are using and researching distributed systems to solve a wide range of problems. Some highlights include:
- Jeff Dean, Google Fellow at Google
- Pat Helland, Architect at Salesforce.com
- Jeff Hodges, Distributed Systems Engineer at Twitter
- Michael Bernstein, Software Developer at Paperless Post
- Susan Potter, Lead Software Engineer at Finsignia
- Ryland Degnan and Jason Brown, both Senior Software Engineers at Netflix
- Derek Murray, Researcher at Microsoft Research
- Raja Selvaraj, Data Systems Engineering Manager, and Arvinda Gillella, SUN Architect, at The Weather Company
We will be also hosting a Riak training on October 28th, right before the conference. During this training, you’ll learn about the core principles behind Riak and how it manages to scale both performance and capacity while evenly distributing data throughout the cluster. At the end of the day, you’ll be able to create and deploy your own cluster, as well as be familiar with query patterns, data modeling, and running Riak in production.
August 8, 2013
RICON West, Basho’s distributed systems conference, will take place in San Francisco from October 29-30th. We’ve already started rolling out the speaker list, with 15 of the 23 speakers announced. Here are some of the highlights:
- Peter Bailis (UC Berkeley) – Bad As I Wanna Be: Coordination and Consistency in Distributed Databases
- Jeff Hodges (Twitter) – Practicalities of Productionizing Distributed Systems
- Ryland Degnan (Netflix) – Yuki: Functional Data Structures for Riak
- Lindsey Kuper (Indiana University) – LVars: Lattice-based Data Structures for Deterministic Parallelism
- Sam Elliott (Basho Technologies) – CRDTs: An Update (or maybe just a PUT)
- Miles O’Connell (StackMob) – More Than Just Data: Using Riak Core to Manage Distributed Services
- Michael Bernstein (Paperless Post) – Distributed Systems Archeology
- Charlie Voiselle and Justin Shoffstall (Basho Technologies) – The Seven-Layer Burrito; Troubleshooting a Distributed Database in Production
Be on the lookout next week when we announce the remaining speakers and the keynote. Until then, be sure and grab a ticket before they sell out – the early bird tickets are only available through August 29th – and make yourself known on the RICON West Lanyrd directory.
We look forward to seeing you in October.
June 25, 2013
His talk explores the landscape of new languages and provides a decision-making framework that can be used to narrow down language choices. The full talk is below:
His slides are also available below:
Alex, in addition to founding Breather, also organizes the annual Emerging Languages event, which will be held for the fourth time in September 2013 as part of the Strange Loop conference in St Louis, MO. He co-authored “Programming Scala” for O’Reilly and has spoken at conferences worldwide on using cutting-edge languages for real world work. Alex was previously CTO of online banking startup, Simple, and before that, Platform Lead and an Infrastructure Engineer at Twitter.
Tickets for RICON West (Oct. 29-30th in San Francisco) are now available.
June 17, 2013
RICON East, Basho’s distributed systems conference, took place last month in New York. Hundreds of developers and academics gathered for two days to learn how distributed systems are being used in production and where they’ll be in the future.
Over the next few weeks, we will be posting the videos of the talks on the RICON East Archive. These videos are open to anyone and feature speakers from various distributed systems backgrounds. Slides for all of the talks are also available in the Archive.
The first six videos are already available on the site. These videos are:
- “Automatically Scalable Computation” by Dr. Margo Seltzer, Herchel Smith Professor of CS at Harvard SEAS
- “Why is my Cache so Dumb? Smarter Caching with Pequod” by Neha Narula, PhD Candidate at MIT
- “Bloom: Big Systems from Small Programs” by Neil Conway, PhD Candidate at UC Berkeley
- “Large Scale Data Service as a Service” by Brian Akins, Senior Principal Architect at Turner Broadcasting System
- “Optimizing LevelDB for Performance and Scale” by Matthew Von-Maszewski, Software Engineer at Basho Technologies
- “Just Open a Socket – Connecting Applications to Distributed Systems” by Sean Cribbs, Software Engineer at Basho Technologies
Basho is also hosting another distributed systems conference, RICON West, in San Francisco on October 29-30th. We already have some great speakers lined up, including Jeff Dean (Google Fellow), Kate Matsudaira (Founder and CTO of Pop Forms), Peter Bailis (PhD Candidate at UC Berkeley), Justin Sheehy (CTO at Basho Technologies), Jeff Hodges (Distributed Systems Engineer at Twitter), and Diego Ongaro (PhD Candidate at Stanford University). Early bird tickets are on sale now.
Be on the lookout for more videos coming soon and we’ll see you at RICON West!
January 28, 2013
Copious is a social commerce marketplace that makes it easy for people to buy and sell the things they love. Copious uses social data from Facebook and Twitter to customize the shopping and selling experience for each individual user around their interests, taste, and style. This connects buyers and sellers to each other in a unique way that also presents exciting technical challenges.
In the summer of 2012, Copious decided to switch to Riak from MongoDB for their social login functionality. They currently store all registered accounts in Riak as well as the tokens that make it possible for users to authenticate with Copious via their Facebook or Twitter accounts. Copious now stores hundreds of thousands of keys in Riak.
Copious found that Riak’s key/value data model was a natural fit for their authentication scheme and that it was easy to set up and run on Amazon Web Services. They run an HTTP service in front of Riak that presents data in the appropriate form and handles events between the front-end application and the backend data storage.
“Operating in a cloud environment, our infrastructure must be resilient to failure. Sometimes machines or even entire availability zones just disappear, and Riak’s fault-tolerant design means we remain available despite these failures. Riak is one component we never worry about, and requires much less operational work than other datastores,” said Robert Zuber, co-founder of Copious.
Copious is one of the many companies now using a polyglot approach to their platform – using Riak alongside MySQL, Redis, SOLR, and other technologies depending on the problem they need to solve. They chose to use Riak for their social login functionality because of its operational simplicity, which allows them to easily scale up without sharding and provides the high availability required for a smooth user experience. Based on their success with Riak, Zuber has said that they are looking to move more data to Riak in the future.
You can sign up now on Copious to earn $10 off your first $20+ purchase, plus the added bonus of knowing that Riak is in the background helping the site do its magic. If you’re in San Francisco, make sure to attend our Riak meetup on Wednesday, February 13, where Copious will be presenting how they use Riak alongside other datastores.
To learn more about how Riak can benefit your eCommerce or retail platform, join our webcast, “Riak on Retail” on February 8th!