Tornado: Scalable, Non-blocking Web Servers for Fun and Profit

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Tornado was written with performance in mind, aiming to solve the C10k problem, so by design it’s an extremely high-performance framework. It’s also packed with handy tools for dealing with social networks, user authentication, and all sorts of asynchronous fun.

In this talk, we’ll cover the basics of the Tornado framework, starting with the features that make it so great, and working our way towards some real-life examples. We’ll cover the best practices for implementation and deployment, as well as a sampling of uses for the technology.

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Michael Dory


Mike has spent the last decade studying the ways people communicate and working to make their conversations better. As the CTO and co-founder of Socialbomb, he’s worked with companies like Fisher-Price, HBO and Pepsico to build social applications and platforms that connect users with their friends, their devices, and the world around them.

Prior to starting up Socialbomb, Mike developed installations, sites, and games for Unified Field and the Institute of Play. His personal and collaborative projects have appeared in the New York Times, National Public Radio, Gothamist, BoingBoing, Gizmodo and MAKE Magazine.

Mike holds a BA in Journalism & Media Studies from Rutgers University and an MPS in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU ITP, where he is now an adjunct professor.

Adam Parrish


Adam hacks on web technologies at Socialbomb. He is also an adjunct professor at Hunter College and NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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Brendan Berg

Wurk Happy

Brendan is Co-founder and CTO of Wurk Happy. He holds a BA in Computer Science and Sculpture from Bard College and geeks out over language design, concurrency, scalability, and coffee.

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Gabriel Enriquez
07/28/2011 12:46pm PDT

Nice presentation! Can I get a copy of the slides?