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May 16–17, 2016: Training & Tutorials
May 18–19, 2016: Conference
Austin, TX

Scheduling for the container age: Forget Tetris—what about 4D?

Liz Rice (Aqua Security)
2:40pm–3:20pm Wednesday, 05/18/2016
The New Stuff
Location: Ballroom A Level: Intermediate
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 2 ratings)

Prerequisite knowledge

Attendees should have a basic understanding of operations, what a data center does, and software architecture.


Containers are revolutionizing data center utilization. Thought leaders like Google and Netflix are getting in excess of 5x better utilization than the industry average using clever scheduling algorithms. Liz Rice offers an overview of interesting work being done on physical packing and explains what happens when we bring in a fourth dimension: time.

Topics include:

  • An overview of scheduling—both physical (packing) and demand or time-based—and how it works
  • What containers do that VMs don’t and what makes containers such a good technology for sophisticated scheduling
  • WIIFM?—what scheduling can actually achieve and why it’s worth it
  • Why scheduling might never take off, despite its advantages—the technological, management, and psychological issues that stand in its way
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Liz Rice

Aqua Security

Liz Rice is the technology evangelist at container security specialists Aqua Security and coauthor of the O’Reilly report Kubernetes Security. She has a wealth of software development, team, and product management experience from her years spent working on network protocols and distributed systems and in digital technology sectors such as video on demand (VOD), music, and voice over internet protocol (VoIP). When not building startups and writing code, Liz loves riding bikes in places with better weather than her native London or racing in virtual reality on Zwift.