Gearman: Build Your Own Distributed Platform in 3 Hours

Databases, Web Applications
Location: Meeting Room J2
Average rating: ***..
(3.82, 11 ratings)

This tutorial details how to get started, the ins and outs of deploying Gearman in your applications, and how to keep scaling.

  • What Gearman is, and how it can be used to scale your application.
  • Common architectures used in existing installations.
  • Client APIs, including PHP, Perl, C, and MySQL UDFs.
  • Basics of getting a simple system installed and running.
  • Building database-driven URL mining application.
  • Building your own Map/Reduce cluster.
  • Persistent queues and replication for reliability.
  • Statistics, monitoring, and tuning your applications.
  • More use cases as time permits.
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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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Ricardo Signes
07/23/2009 8:20am PDT

I didn’t feel I needed any Gearman expertise to benefit from this tutorial. I came in wondering if I could use Gearman, and walked out knowing I could and thinking that I’d like to. The speakers were both clear and well-spoken. The material was well-presented.

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Rene Schutte
07/21/2009 4:53am PDT

The presenters are clearly extremely knowlegable on the topic, but I feel the topic, and description was comepletely misleading. I expected a hands-on experience (similar to the Google Apps session by Joe Gregorio). This was a session for existing Gearman experts and could have been very valuable to others, but I was not getting what I expected as per the title and description of the session.

This is hopefully helpful for future sessions.

  • 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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