Scalable Internet Architectures

Administration, Web Applications
Location: Ballroom A3/A6
Average rating: ****.
(4.13, 23 ratings)

We will dive deep into traditional web architectures and discuss what makes them go. Looking are real-life architectures, we’ll analyze weak points and discuss what will happen to them under the intense pressure of a prolonged exposure on Digg, the NYTimes or even MSN (or when traffic jumps from 15Mbits/second to over 1Gbit/second inside 30 seconds).

In a friendly atmosphere, you will enjoy a mix of anecdotes, war stories, good and bad design principles and more tips and tricks than you could use in a year.

Topics will include:

  • the importance of visualizing data
  • web protocols (HTTP/HTTPS) and browser behavior
  • firewalls and load balancers
  • HTTP requests, sizes, pipelining and what that means in packets
  • remedial queue theory and why apps just “stop working”
  • solid caching techniques for correctness and performance
  • scary caching techniques for emergencies
  • techniques for service isolation (quality of service protection)
  • databases, caching and their torrid love affair
  • service queues, how they work and why they usually don’t
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Theo Schlossnagle


Theo Schlossnagle is President and CEO at OmniTI where he designs and implements scalable solutions for highly trafficked sites and other clients in need of sound, scalable architectural engineering. He is the architect of the highly scalable Message Systems mail transport agent. Theo is a participant in various open source communities including OpenSolaris, Linux, Apache, PostgreSQL, perl, and many others. He is a published author in the area of scalability and distributed systems as well as a veteran speaker in the open source conference circuit.

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Jared Meeker
07/21/2009 9:50am PDT

This presentation was packed with information. From the philosophy in the beginning to the examples at the end he kept my attention. A very well planned out session.

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