Velocity Schedule at a Glance

  • Monday: Workshops
  • Tuesday: Keynotes and Sessions
  • Wednesday: Keynotes and Sessions

Velocity Conference Schedule

Below are the confirmed and scheduled talks at Velocity 2009 (schedule subject to change).

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Regency 1
Add High Performance Search at Google to your personal schedule
1:00pm High Performance Search at Google Kyle Scholz (Google), Yaron Friedman (Google)
Add Improving Performance in Mature Web Apps to your personal schedule
1:45pm Improving Performance in Mature Web Apps Matt Mullenweg (WordPress / Automattic)
Add Beyond Gzipping to your personal schedule
2:05pm Beyond Gzipping Tony Gentilcore (Google)
Add Fistful of Sand: Monitoring Code Performance at MySpace.com  to your personal schedule
2:30pm Fistful of Sand: Monitoring Code Performance at MySpace.com Chris Bissell (MySpace), Jeremy Custenborder (MySpace.com), Yadid Ramot (MySpace.com)
Add Frontend Performance Engineering in Facebook  to your personal schedule
3:40pm Frontend Performance Engineering in Facebook David Wei (Facebook Inc.), Changhao Jiang (Facebook Inc.)
Add State of Performance to your personal schedule
5:05pm State of Performance Steve Souders (SpeedCurve)
Add High Performance Ads - Is It Possible? to your personal schedule
5:30pm High Performance Ads - Is It Possible? Eric Goldsmith (AOL), Artur Bergman (Fastly), Tony Ralph (Yahoo!), Bryant Mason (Microsoft Corporation), Sameer Ajmani (Google), Richard Bush (ADTECH)
9:55am Morning Break
Room: Imperial Ballroom
12:00pm Lunch
Room: Imperial Ballroom
3:10pm Afternoon Break
Room: Imperial Ballroom
Regency 2
Add Drizzle: Scaling for the Clouds to your personal schedule
1:45pm Drizzle: Scaling for the Clouds Monty Taylor (HP)
Add MySQL Performance from Day #1 to your personal schedule
2:30pm MySQL Performance from Day #1 Jeremy Zawodny (craigslist.org)
Add Agile Infrastructure to your personal schedule
3:40pm Agile Infrastructure Andrew Shafer (Pivotal)
Add Hypertable - Managing Data at Web Scale to your personal schedule
4:25pm Hypertable - Managing Data at Web Scale Doug Judd (Zvents, Inc.)
Add What the Rest of the Company Knows About Your Website to your personal schedule
4:45pm What the Rest of the Company Knows About Your Website Alistair Croll (Solve For Interesting), Sean Power (Watching Websites)
Add Open Source Cloud Infrastructure to your personal schedule
5:30pm Open Source Cloud Infrastructure Jesse Robbins (OnBeep, Inc.), Rich Wolski (Eucalyptus Systems Inc.), Simon Wardley (Leading Edge Forum), James Urquhart (Cnet), John Willis (Enstratius)
Add Welcome to your personal schedule
8:30am Plenary
Room: Regency Ballroom
Welcome Jesse Robbins (OnBeep, Inc.), Steve Souders (SpeedCurve)
Add Keynote to your personal schedule
8:40am Plenary
Room: Regency Ballroom
Keynote Marissa Mayer (Google)
Add Performance Tools to your personal schedule
9:20am Plenary
Room: Regency Ballroom
Performance Tools Eric Goldsmith (AOL), Simon Perkins (Simtec Limited), Stoyan Stefanov (Facebook), Jim Pierson (Microsoft), Jan Odvarko (Freelance)
Add World’s Simplest Latency Simulator to your personal schedule
10:40am Plenary
Room: Regency Ballroom
World’s Simplest Latency Simulator Ed Robinson (Riverbed)
Add Shopzilla's Site Redo - You Get What You Measure to your personal schedule
10:55am Plenary
Room: Regency Ballroom
Shopzilla's Site Redo - You Get What You Measure Philip Dixon (Shopzilla)
Add On Responsiveness to your personal schedule
11:25am Plenary
Room: Regency Ballroom
On Responsiveness Ben Galbraith (Google), Dion Almaer (Set Direction)
Add The Rackspace Cloud to your personal schedule
11:45am Plenary
Room: Regency Ballroom
The Rackspace Cloud Matt Tanase (Slicehost)
11:50am Plenary
Room: Regency Ballroom
TBC
1:00pm-1:40pm (40m) Web Performance
High Performance Search at Google
Kyle Scholz (Google), Yaron Friedman (Google)
Learn about the techniques Google uses to make Search fast.
1:45pm-2:05pm (20m) Web Performance
Improving Performance in Mature Web Apps
Matt Mullenweg (WordPress / Automattic)
The steps the Open Source project WordPress took to increase its front-end performance many-fold, what worked and what didn't.
2:05pm-2:25pm (20m) Web Performance
Beyond Gzipping
Tony Gentilcore (Google)
Enabling gzip compression on your webserver is one of the easiest and highest impact ways to speed up your site. However, even when this is done, up to 15% of your visitors will still not receive compressed responses. This session will cover why this problem occurs and what you can do about it.
2:30pm-3:10pm (40m) Web Performance
Fistful of Sand: Monitoring Code Performance at MySpace.com
Chris Bissell (MySpace), Jeremy Custenborder (MySpace.com), Yadid Ramot (MySpace.com)
Your site is deployed and performs to satisfaction. You sit back in your chair and contemplate a future of happy efficiency. You hear a knock on the door. The product person comes in with a huge scroll-like list of new features. They need to be out as soon as possible. Performance will suffer. How do you deal?
3:40pm-4:20pm (40m) Web Performance
Frontend Performance Engineering in Facebook
David Wei (Facebook Inc.), Changhao Jiang (Facebook Inc.)
Facebook integrates features and applications deeply into each page. Such deep integration presents both opportunities and challenges to the frontend performance engineering. In this talk, we discuss some of our work on improving and maintaining frontend performance for web pages that contain a mix of many fast-evolving features.
4:25pm-4:45pm (20m) Web Performance
Creating Instant Response Time Predictions with neXpert
Eric Mattingly (Microsoft)
Learn how to decrease time spent indentifying performance issues and creating response time predictions. Using neXpert engineers can create a performance report that includes found web performance issues, response time predictions for user defined latencies as well as predictions for when performance fixes are implemented. neXpert is a Fiddler add-on that does all this within a matter of seconds!
4:45pm-5:05pm (20m) Web Performance
Native CPU Performance in the Browser with Google Native Client
Brad Chen (Google, Inc.)
Close the gap between browser and desktop application performance with native CPU performance for the web. This talk will provide an overview of this Google research technology and demonstrate a few simple applications.
5:05pm-5:25pm (20m) Web Performance
State of Performance
Steve Souders (SpeedCurve)
Why is the Web so slow? Steve Souders talks about the issues that prevent web sites from being faster, and what we should expect to see to address these problems.
5:30pm-6:15pm (45m) Web Performance
High Performance Ads - Is It Possible?
Eric Goldsmith (AOL), Artur Bergman (Fastly), Tony Ralph (Yahoo!), Bryant Mason (Microsoft Corporation), Sameer Ajmani (Google), Richard Bush (ADTECH)
Having ads is a reality for many Web sites. This expert panel will discuss experiences with minimizing ad impact on page performance.
9:55am-10:40am (45m)
Break: Morning Break
12:00pm-1:00pm (1h)
Break: Lunch
3:10pm-3:40pm (30m)
Break: Afternoon Break
1:00pm-1:40pm (40m) Operations
High Performance at Massive Scale - Lessons Learned at Facebook
Robert Johnson (Facebook)
At Facebook we serve billions of personalized pages every day, each of them computed from hundreds or thousands of separate pieces of data. This adds up to almost fifty million data requests per second against a dataset of over 50TB. Making every page fast in this environment is a serious challenge, and I'll be sharing some of the lessons we've learned trying to accomplish it.
1:45pm-2:25pm (40m) Operations
Drizzle: Scaling for the Clouds
Monty Taylor (HP)
What do you do when you've pushed the World's Most Popular Database as far as you can? You fork it and make it go further, of course! Drizzle is tackling our everyday scaling needs head on, and is likely something you should know more about.
2:30pm-3:10pm (40m) Operations
MySQL Performance from Day #1
Jeremy Zawodny (craigslist.org)
MySQL always starts out fast. But unless you make the right decisions early on, it won't stay that way. Learn what works and what doesn't and how to keep MySQL from being your bottleneck as your site grows.
3:40pm-4:20pm (40m) Operations
Agile Infrastructure
Andrew Shafer (Pivotal)
Skillfully applied, the family of Agile practices can increase both velocity and quality. Agile is a term usually applied to 'Software Development', but does Agile apply to Operations? This session will present the foundational principles of the Agile movement, outline where they directly apply to operations and where they might not. The analysis will consider tools, process and planning.
4:25pm-4:45pm (20m) Operations
Hypertable - Managing Data at Web Scale
Doug Judd (Zvents, Inc.)
Hypertable is an open source, high performance, distributed database modeled after Google's Bigtable. The design emphasis has been on scalability as opposed to support of ACID transactions and the relational model. This new class of database technology has proven to be well-suited for scalable Web 2.0 applications. Baidu, China's leading search engine, is now an official sponsor of Hypertable.
4:45pm-5:25pm (40m) Operations
What the Rest of the Company Knows About Your Website
Alistair Croll (Solve For Interesting), Sean Power (Watching Websites)
You aren't the only one who cares about the web. Elsewhere, people in usability testing, marketing, customer support, community management, and research are instrumenting furiously. But you don't know what they know -- and that's bad for your job and your company. This session is a behind-the-scenes tour of what the rest of your company is doing with your site and how you can work together, FTW!
5:30pm-6:15pm (45m) Operations
Open Source Cloud Infrastructure
Jesse Robbins (OnBeep, Inc.), Rich Wolski (Eucalyptus Systems Inc.), Simon Wardley (Leading Edge Forum), James Urquhart (Cnet), John Willis (Enstratius)
Coming Soon!
8:30am-8:40am (10m) Keynote
Welcome
Jesse Robbins (OnBeep, Inc.), Steve Souders (SpeedCurve)
Morning welcome and program notes from Jesse Robbins and Steve Souders.
8:40am-9:20am (40m) Keynote
Keynote
Marissa Mayer (Google)
Coming soon!
9:20am-9:55am (35m) General, Keynote
Performance Tools
Eric Goldsmith (AOL), Simon Perkins (Simtec Limited), Stoyan Stefanov (Facebook), Jim Pierson (Microsoft), Jan Odvarko (Freelance)
Live on the main stage: the latest tools you need to analyze websites, including AOL PageTest, HttpWatch, YSlow 2.0, Visual Round Trip Analyzer and Firebug.
10:40am-10:45am (5m) Keynote
World’s Simplest Latency Simulator
Ed Robinson (Riverbed)
Aptimize Software presents the world’s simplest latency simulator. An open-source browser add-in that simulates the effects of network latency. Simple and easy to use – designed for “non-experts”, developers, operations and business people to quickly see how fast or slow their website will be over the internet or across the WAN.
10:45am-10:55am (10m)
The DNA of Next-Generation Data Centers: Leveraging Integrated Data Access Appliances to Accelerate Performance, Cut Costs, and Simplify Scaling
John Busch (Schooner Information Technology)
Today’s data-intensive Web 2.0 and cloud computing data centers face soaring costs and data growth. But advances in flash memory, multi-core processors, and low-latency interconnect have failed to address these mounting challenges. Learn how next-generation data access appliances integrate these new technologies to enable growth and cut costs.
10:55am-11:25am (30m) Keynote , Web Performance
Shopzilla's Site Redo - You Get What You Measure
Philip Dixon (Shopzilla)
In 2007, Shopzilla, a leading comparison shopping service, realized that our sites were far too slow for our users and had become difficult to change and more difficult still to support. We were presented with a classic dilemma for an established internet market player: Could we really afford the costs and the risks of re-engineering a site platform responsible for all our revenue?
11:25am-11:45am (20m) Web Performance
On Responsiveness
Ben Galbraith (Google), Dion Almaer (Set Direction)
Ben and Dion share thoughts on the role responsiveness plays in crafting compelling user experiences, including a discussion of how HTML 5 and modern browsers change the game.
11:45am-11:50am (5m) Keynote
The Rackspace Cloud
Matt Tanase (Slicehost)
Coming Soon!
11:50am-12:00pm (10m)
Plenary
To be confirmed
  • Keynote Systems
  • Google
  • Shopzilla
  • Aptimize
  • Facebook
  • NeuStar
  • Rackspace Cloud
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • SoftLayer
  • SpringSource
  • Sun Microsystems

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