Azure Notebooks is a service that provides users with a Jupyter server and persisted content that they can explore and share. As of now, the service hosts around 17,000 users and about 3,500 monthly active users. It is designed to scale and regularly hosts 500–1,000 users simultaneously. Christopher Wilcox explains how Azure Notebooks does this daily and discusses the challenges faced in designing and building a scalable Jupyter service.
Christopher Wilcox is a software engineer at Microsoft, where he works on a range of products including Azure Notebooks, Python Tools for Visual Studio, and the Azure SDK for Python. Chris has more than five years’ experience building developer tooling and, more recently, scalable web services. In his spare time, he races motorcycles, hikes, and explores the Seattle brewing scene.
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