Scalable Internet Architectures

Location: Regency 1 Level: Novice
Average rating: ****.
(4.57, 35 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 a Founder and CEO at Circonus where he develops new technology to help engineers better understand the systems they build and operate. He is the architect of the highly scalable Ecelerity 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.

Theo founded several successful startups as engineering focused organizations including: OmniTI, Circonus, Message Systems and Fontdeck.

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Garry Hamilton-Smith
07/05/2009 4:31pm PDT

I did not get to meet up with you while in San Jose, but you still owe me that beer !

Was a good talk – enjoyed it the most from the entire conference.

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J.B. Wheatley
06/23/2009 6:44am PDT

Slides are now available via the “Presentation” link above.

Joel Weierman
06/22/2009 4:28pm PDT

A real tour de force of all the major topics in scalability today. The humility and humor was also especially welcome and refreshing.

Ken Yu
06/22/2009 11:02am PDT

Is the slide available online?

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