Scaling Rails

Ninh Bui (Phusion), Hongli Lai (Phusion)
Location: Pavilion 9 - 10
Average rating: ***..
(3.28, 60 ratings)

5 years after the initial release of Ruby on Rails, multiple large and
successful websites are powered by this innovative and still relatively
young framework. But word is still on the street that Ruby on Rails does
not scale. Is this true?

In this session we will show you various
techniques for scaling your Rails application. We will discuss web server
scaling techniques, database scaling techniques, network scaling
techniques, and… a 3D surprise involving Rails core team members!

Get Psyched!

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Ninh Bui


Ninh Bui is the co-founder and CEO of Phusion, a company that specializes in offering top of the line app deployment and server monitoring/scaling software.

When Ninh is not writing software, designing UIs or organizing conferences he can be found mashing Shoryukens at Street Fighter 4 tournaments like a World Warrior. Ninh holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Twente.

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Hongli Lai


Hongli Lai is the co-founder and CTO of Phusion, a company that specializes in offering top of the line IT products and services to high profile clients.

Prior to founding Phusion, he has had the pleasure of working on a myriad of open source products such as Ruby, Ruby on Rails, and Autopackage, where it’s perhaps worth mentioning that the latter is being used by the Dutch Tax Department.

From his computer science study and work, Hongli has also become well versed in a variety of computer languages and paradigms and also possesses an (almost) uncontrollable hunger for knowledge. In particular, his current interests lie in the domain of Software Engineering, where the emphasis is put on software architecture.

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Andy Koch
05/08/2009 9:36am PDT

expected discussion on scaling wrt Passenger – these are the guys to give that talk

Andy Camp
05/07/2009 10:25am PDT

No useful content – the advance perf optimization the next day covered the topics in 5 minutes and then moved on. The game at the end was a waste of time for the 100 people sitting in the room.

Michael Gaffney
05/06/2009 1:55pm PDT

Very good coverage of the range of deployments

Michael Gaffney
05/06/2009 1:55pm PDT

It would have been nice to end with the game, not the questions.

Christopher Galtenberg
05/06/2009 11:26am PDT

Presentation wobbled between wooden and too-loose. Concepts weren’t explained very well (even when they were elementary). Final 20 minutes of ruby game was irrelevant to topic. Cutesy != content

Daniel Van Derveer
05/05/2009 5:27pm PDT

This talk had lots of pretty graphics but no fresh content. All of the content was common knowledge. I wish I had known this talk was going to be so entry-level before going.

Russ Schissler
05/05/2009 5:12pm PDT

Good prep, straight forward with some insights and, presentation quality goes so far beyond the norm. Thx!

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Matt Aimonetti
05/01/2009 10:25am PDT

I’m really looking forward to your talk guys!

- Matt

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