Gearman: Bringing the Power of Map/Reduce to Everyday Applications

Databases, Web Applications
Location: Ballroom A4/A5
Average rating: ****.
(4.11, 19 ratings)

Besides being used at, Gearman is also now used by other organizations such as Yahoo! and Digg. Development is now active again with an optimized rewrite in C, along with features such as persistent message queues, queue replication, improved statistics, and advanced job monitoring. We’re also introducing new and improved client APIs, including new user-defined functions for MySQL and Drizzle. The Gearman APIs and simple server installation allow you to have your own distributed computing framework setup in a matter of minutes, which enables you to focus on your own code rather than the plumbing to make scalable system work. This session will introduce these concepts, how to get started, and then describe a few common use cases.

See the Gearman Project page for more details.

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Eric Day


Eric Day has been writing high-performance, multi-threaded servers for most of his career at Concentric, including complete HTTP/SSL, DNS, and IMAP implementations. He has also designed and implemented custom storage and database systems, from the protocol up through the application front-end. Most of his work has been done in clustered and distributed environments. When not hacking on code, he can be found running, biking, or enjoying a good vegan meal.

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Brian Aker


Brian has spent his life working on the details of how to build and scale out
systems. He is currently working on a new MicroKernel designed MySQL
called Drizzle and is building the plumbing required for a new generation of
large scale computer deployment. He also spends time working on Apache
Modules, Memcached, and Gearman.

Unlike most engineers you will never find him in a cubicle, he spends much of his
time traveling around the planet enjoying the diversity that is our world. In the past, he has been involved with projects for the Army Engineer Corps, The VirtualHospital, Splunk, MySQL, and Slashdot. He calls Seattle his home since that is
where his dog Rosalynd is. He is employed by Sun Microsystems.

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Jared Meeker
07/22/2009 6:36am PDT

Maybe I should have attended the tutorial version, but this seemed like it lacked some real meat. For a shorter presentation I would have preferred to have a quick overview of all of the features, not just a small subset. Also, some real-life examples of how current companies are using it would be some great info.

  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Facebook
  • Gear6
  • Kaltura
  • Liferay
  • MindTouch
  • Novell, Inc.
  • Open Invention Network
  • Rackspace Cloud
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • Silicon Mechanics
  • Symbian Foundation
  • Twilio
  • WSO2
  • Yabarana Corporation

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