RICON West 2013, Basho’s developers conference, featured two tracks over two days. However, we did bring everyone together for the keynote speakers. Pat Helland (Salesforce.com), Justin Sheehy (Basho), and Jeff Dean (Google) keynoted this past RICON.
To kickoff the beginning of Day Two, Basho’s CTO, Justin Sheehy, spoke on “Maximum Viable Product.” His talk examines how software is created and his passion to create the types of things that people will care about long after the fact. Drawing analogies from art, architecture, the military, and more, he explains why building it faster is not always better and how it is vital to develop the basics so that it can be better in the long run. You can watch his keynote below.
At the end of RICON West, we closed with Google Fellow, Jeff Dean. His talk, “The Tail at Scale: Achieving Rapid Response Times in Large Online Services,” describes a collection of techniques and practices to 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. Some of the techniques adapt to trends observed over periods of a few minutes, making them effective at dealing with longer-lived interference or resource contention. Others react to latency anomalies within a few milliseconds, making them suitable for mitigating variability within the context of a single interactive request. He also shares examples of how these techniques are used in various pieces of Google’s systems infrastructure and in various higher-level online services. You can watch his closing keynote below.
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.
The videos from RICON West 2013 are now available. RICON West brought together hundreds of developers to discuss distributed systems. It also featured 26 speakers over two days who spoke about new features in Riak, Riak in production, distributed systems in production, and research related to distributed systems.
In particular, there were some interesting talks related to how major companies are using Riak. James Hughes, Principal Technologist at Seagate Technology spoke on “The Seagate Kinetic Open Storage Platform: Innovation to Enable Scale Out Storage.” The week prior to RICON West, Seagate announced their Kinetic Open Storage Platform that utilized Riak as the backend. On Day One of RICON West, James Hughes did the first public demo of this platform during his session. The platform leverages Seagate’s expertise in hardware and software storage systems, integrating an open source API and Ethernet connectivity with Seagate hard drive technology. Check out his full talk below for more information on the Kinetic Open Storage Platform, how it utilizes Riak, and the live demo.
RICON West also featured two speakers from The Weather Company, Raja Selvaraj (Manager of Data Systems Engineering) and Arvinda Gillella (SUN Architect). Their talk, “Building Next Generation Weather Data Distribution and On-demand Forecast Systems Using Riak,” describes The Weather Company’s need to effectively store and distributed terabytes of data, while still maintaining manageability, scalability and usability. Their talk focuses on the challenges they face trying to solve this problem and why they ultimately chose Riak as its solution. It also discusses their new IT platform, which uses Riak to build the next generation on-demand forecasting system. The full talk is available below:
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, State Farm Insurance, The Weather Company, Twitter, and many others.
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.
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:
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!