Velocity 2011 Schedule

Below are the confirmed and scheduled talks at Velocity 2011 (schedule subject to change).

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Ballroom ABCD
Add Real-Time Real-Fast to your personal schedule
1:00pm Real-Time Real-Fast Dylan Schiemann (SitePen, Inc.), Kris Zyp (SitePen, Inc.)
Add Understanding Mobile Web Browser Performance to your personal schedule
2:40pm Understanding Mobile Web Browser Performance Rajiv Vijayakumar (Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.)
Add 10 Tricks for Mobile Performance to your personal schedule
4:05pm 10 Tricks for Mobile Performance Josh Fraser (Torbit)
Add Take it all off! Lossy Image Optimization to your personal schedule
4:55pm Take it all off! Lossy Image Optimization Billy Hoffman (Rigor)
Add iOS vs. Android vs. Blackberry – Bakeoff to your personal schedule
5:20pm iOS vs. Android vs. Blackberry – Bakeoff Mike Weider (Blaze)
Mission City
Add Asynchronous Real-time Monitoring with MCollective to your personal schedule
1:00pm Asynchronous Real-time Monitoring with MCollective Jeff McCune (Puppet Labs)
Add Managing Database in a Devops Environment to your personal schedule
2:40pm Managing Database in a Devops Environment Robert Treat (OmniTI)
Add Distributed Systems, Databases, and Resilience to your personal schedule
4:05pm Distributed Systems, Databases, and Resilience Justin Sheehy (Basho Technologies)
Add Creating the Dev/Test/PM/Ops Supertribe: From "Visible Ops" To DevOps to your personal schedule
4:55pm Creating the Dev/Test/PM/Ops Supertribe: From "Visible Ops" To DevOps Gene Kim ("The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win" )
Ballroom EFGH
Add CSS3 & HTML5 - Beyond the Hype! to your personal schedule
1:00pm CSS3 & HTML5 - Beyond the Hype! Nicole Sullivan (Stubbornella)
Add Performance Measurement and Case Studies at MSN to your personal schedule
1:50pm Performance Measurement and Case Studies at MSN Paul Roy (Microsoft), Alex Polak (Microsoft)
Add Know Your Engines: How to Make Your JavaScript Fast to your personal schedule
4:05pm Know Your Engines: How to Make Your JavaScript Fast David Mandelin (Mozilla Corporation)
Add WebPagetest Update to your personal schedule
4:55pm WebPagetest Update Patrick Meenan (Google)
Add Web Site Acceleration with Page Speed Technologies to your personal schedule
5:20pm Web Site Acceleration with Page Speed Technologies Bryan McQuade (Google), Joshua Marantz (Google)
Room 203
Add No More Excuses!! Don’t Become Another Bad Web Story to your personal schedule
1:00pm No More Excuses!! Don’t Become Another Bad Web Story Sven Hammar (Apica Systems)
Add Improving Performance by Changing the Rules - From Fast to SPDY to your personal schedule
1:50pm Improving Performance by Changing the Rules - From Fast to SPDY Ido Safruti (PerimeterX), Mike Belshe (BitGo)
Add Addressing the Scalability Challenge of Server-Sent Events to your personal schedule
2:40pm Addressing the Scalability Challenge of Server-Sent Events Stephen Ludin (Akamai, Board Member ISRG)
Add Opening Remarks - Jesse Demonstrates Caffeine IV to your personal schedule
8:30am Plenary
Room: Mission City Ballroom
Opening Remarks - Jesse Demonstrates Caffeine IV Steve Souders (SpeedCurve), Jesse Robbins (OnBeep, Inc.), John Allspaw (Adaptive Capacity Labs)
Add Career Development to your personal schedule
8:40am Plenary
Room: Mission City Ballroom
Career Development Theo Schlossnagle (Circonus)
Add JavaScript & Metaperformance to your personal schedule
8:55am Plenary
Room: Mission City Ballroom
JavaScript & Metaperformance Douglas Crockford (PayPal)
Add Look at Your Data to your personal schedule
9:25am Plenary
Room: Mission City Ballroom
Look at Your Data John Rauser (Snapchat)
Add Testing and Monitoring Mobile Apps to your personal schedule
9:45am Sponsored by Keynote Systems
Room: Mission City Ballroom
Testing and Monitoring Mobile Apps Vik Chaudhary (Keynote), Manny Gonzalez (Keynote Systems)
Add Change = Mass x Velocity, and Other Laws of Infrastructure to your personal schedule
10:25am Plenary
Room: Mission City Ballroom
Change = Mass x Velocity, and Other Laws of Infrastructure Mark Burgess (Cfengine)
Add Lightning Demos Wednesday to your personal schedule
10:45am Plenary
Room: Mission City Ballroom
Lightning Demos Wednesday Marcel Duran (Google Inc.), Patrick Meenan (Google), Dave Johnson (Nitobi), Steve Souders (SpeedCurve)
Add Your Mobile Performance - Analyze and Accelerate to your personal schedule
11:15am Sponsored by Cotendo
Room: Mission City Ballroom
Your Mobile Performance - Analyze and Accelerate Michael Kuperman (Cotendo), Ronni Zehavi (Cotendo)
Add From Inception to Acquisition: One Startup's Journey through the Cloud to your personal schedule
11:20am Plenary
Room: Mission City Ballroom
From Inception to Acquisition: One Startup's Journey through the Cloud Patrick Lightbody (New Relic)
Add O'Reilly Radar to your personal schedule
11:35am Plenary
Room: Mission City Ballroom
O'Reilly Radar Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
10:00am Break
Room: Exhibit Hall A
3:25pm Break
Room: Exhibit Hall A
Add Exhibit Hall Reception to your personal schedule
6:05pm Plenary
Room: Exhibit Hall A
Exhibit Hall Reception
11:50am Lunch (and Women's Meetup in Mezzanine area)
Room: Pool Area
Add Velocity DynTini, Sponsored by Dyn, Inc. to your personal schedule
7:00pm Plenary
Room: Pool Area
Velocity DynTini, Sponsored by Dyn, Inc.
Add Velocity BoFs to your personal schedule
8:00pm Plenary
Room: Check BoF Schedule for Locations
Velocity BoFs
1:00pm-1:45pm (45m) Mobile Performance
Real-Time Real-Fast
Dylan Schiemann (SitePen, Inc.), Kris Zyp (SitePen, Inc.)
Learn about the exciting new WebSockets API and how it can make your real-time web application really fast. We'll explore solutions built on top of Node.js with a focus on how to remove barriers of complexity and scalability, and a variety of Comet-related topics.
1:50pm-2:35pm (45m) Mobile Performance
Writing Fast Client-Side Code: Lessons Learned from SproutCore
Yehuda Katz (Tilde Inc)
It's a myth that the web stack is incapable of performing well, but writing fast applications with a lot of logic on the client-side can be a lot like walking through a minefield. For the past five years, SproutCore has been carefully identifying and defusing these land-mines for high-profile, large-scale applications. Learn about some of these techniques, and how you might apply them to you apps.
2:40pm-3:25pm (45m) Mobile Performance
Understanding Mobile Web Browser Performance
Rajiv Vijayakumar (Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.)
An in-depth look at two critical factors affecting mobile Web browser performance: first how to optimize browser performance on 3G/4G mobile networks, including managing higher latencies and the cost of bringing radio connections up and down; second looking at mobile browser software architecture for Android, including reduced cache sizes, and support for parallel connections and pipelining.
4:05pm-4:50pm (45m) Mobile Performance
10 Tricks for Mobile Performance
Josh Fraser (Torbit)
In this talk, Josh Fraser (CEO of web performance company, Torbit) will discuss some of the tricks for optimizing a mobile website for performance. As we all know, performance on mobile is painfully slow. This talk will look at the differences between devices and how to do mobile testing. We will discuss resizing images, lazy loading, preloading, and knowing when to inline or outline css.
4:55pm-5:15pm (20m) Web Performance
Take it all off! Lossy Image Optimization
Billy Hoffman (Rigor)
While the web is full of images, we restrict ourselves to <15% savings using lossless optimization tools. With lossy optimizations we can achieve 30-70% savings. “Losing data” sounds scary. See how to intelligently approach images and their content with detailed guidelines for applying lossy compression to achieve substantially smaller file sizes while maintaining image quality and user experience
5:20pm-6:05pm (45m) Mobile Performance
iOS vs. Android vs. Blackberry – Bakeoff
Mike Weider (Blaze)
In this presentation we’ll share our research comparing mobile browsing of the top 500 websites from the three leading smartphone platforms. We’ll show which was faster when, compare devices and networks, and give some advice on building fast mobile web applications. We’ll also share a free mobile browsing assessment tool to use on your own site.
1:00pm-1:45pm (45m) Operations
Asynchronous Real-time Monitoring with MCollective
Jeff McCune (Puppet Labs)
Traditional methods of monitoring service performance have shortcomings due to the on-demand nature of cloud computing. Learn how to deploy MCollective to provide a self-organizing service monitoring and remediation.
1:50pm-2:35pm (45m) Operations
Why the Yahoo FrontPage Went Down and Why It Didn't Go Down For up to a Decade before That
Jake Loomis (Yahoo!)
This year the Yahoo! frontpage went dark. Tweets rang out, "What happened? Yahoo! is never down. I can't remember the last time this happened." What enabled www.yahoo.com's remarkable record of reliability? This session will cover the top 5 tricks that contributed to the stability of Yahoo!'s frontpage and a description of what caused the eventual downtime.
2:40pm-3:25pm (45m) Operations
Managing Database in a Devops Environment
Robert Treat (OmniTI)
It's great to talk about bringing dev tools to ops teams, or making developer's more aware of production issues, but your database is where the rubber meets the road. Join me in this talk where I'll outline common strategies used in many of todays leading devops shops to keep things running. It's not just about dba's anymore.
4:05pm-4:50pm (45m) Operations
Distributed Systems, Databases, and Resilience
Justin Sheehy (Basho Technologies)
We will face the reality that anything we depend on can fail, and in the worst possible combination. We will learn how to build systems that let us happily sleep at night despite this troubling realization.
4:55pm-5:15pm (20m) Operations
Creating the Dev/Test/PM/Ops Supertribe: From "Visible Ops" To DevOps
Gene Kim ("The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win" )
I'm going to share my top lessons of how great IT organizations simultaneously deliver stellar service levels and fast flow of new features into production. It requires creating a "super-tribe", where development, test, IT operations and information security genuinely work together to solve business objectives as opposed to throwing each under the bus.
5:20pm-6:05pm (45m) Operations
Building for the Cloud: Lessons Learned at Heroku
Mark Imbriaco (Pivotal)
The Heroku platform grew from hosting 0 applications to more than 120,000 without ever buying a server. We'll talk about the overall architecture of the platform and dive into some of the operational consequences of those architectural choices.
1:00pm-1:45pm (45m) Web Performance
CSS3 & HTML5 - Beyond the Hype!
Nicole Sullivan (Stubbornella)
HTML5 and CSS3 offer a host of new features - some of which can improve performance, and some which can be disastrous to your site speed. Big sites, especially, can't afford to alienate users by being too far out on the bleeding edge. In this talk, you’ll learn which features to use now and which to avoid. Learn to boost your site’s performance while maintaining fallbacks for older browsers.
1:50pm-2:35pm (45m) Web Performance
Performance Measurement and Case Studies at MSN
Paul Roy (Microsoft), Alex Polak (Microsoft)
In this session we will share MSN’s current directions related to performance metrics and measurement systems, as well as how we assess the business impact of performance changes. We also will share the results of several case studies, including the impact on business metrics. Lastly, we will discuss the techniques we’re using to drive the performance mission inside of MSN.
2:40pm-3:25pm (45m) Web Performance
Oh, To Be Single Again - Building a Single Codebase in a Client-server World
Daniel Hunt (Shazam)
The advantages and disadvantages of a single web application codebase will be explored by migrating several core modules of Yahoo! Mail to a NodeJS server environment.
4:05pm-4:50pm (45m) Web Performance
Know Your Engines: How to Make Your JavaScript Fast
David Mandelin (Mozilla Corporation)
This talk will help JavaScript developers make their programs fast by popping the hood and explaining in concrete, intuitive terms how JavaScript engines run code. Developers will also learn about gotchas that can make JavaScript run much slower. Finally, the talk will preview future performance work, offering ideas about what new things may soon be possible in JavaScript.
4:55pm-5:15pm (20m) Web Performance
WebPagetest Update
Patrick Meenan (Google)
There have been a lot of user-facing features that have been added to WebPagetest over the last year and this talk will help you make sure you get the most benefit from the tool. The presentation will also cover information on running your own private instances of WebPagetest and use of the API for automation or integration with existing systems.
5:20pm-6:05pm (45m) Web Performance
Web Site Acceleration with Page Speed Technologies
Bryan McQuade (Google), Joshua Marantz (Google)
The Page Speed tools help web developers and site admins make web pages faster. We’ll cover new Page Speed features, such as optimizations for mobile devices and modern desktop browsers. We'll share learnings from mod_pagespeed, an Apache implementation of Page Speed Automatic, which rewrites sites using Page Speed rules. We'll close by exploring: Which rules have the largest impact on the web?
1:00pm-1:45pm (45m) Products & Services
No More Excuses!! Don’t Become Another Bad Web Story
Sven Hammar (Apica Systems)
Sven will be speaking about how to not become another bad web story. We’ve all heard the stories of sites crashing and performing poorly; it's only a matter of time before another one hits the headlines. Sven will demonstrate how to work with selenium scripting, utilizing the latest tools and expertise that result in “Rapid Actionable Insights.”
1:50pm-2:35pm (45m) Products & Services
Improving Performance by Changing the Rules - From Fast to SPDY
Ido Safruti (PerimeterX), Mike Belshe (BitGo)
SPDY was proposed by Google back in November 2009 to reduce the latency and load time of web pages. Cotendo implemented the server side, and extended our proxies to support SPDY, providing SPDY to HTTP “translation”. It really speeds things up. Hear insights from our implementation, optimization of SSL-based traffic and present performance data both from Google’s and our customers’ deployment.
2:40pm-3:25pm (45m) Products & Services
Addressing the Scalability Challenge of Server-Sent Events
Stephen Ludin (Akamai, Board Member ISRG)
Feeding a need for ‘as-it-happens’ interaction, many popular Web sites, Web- based applications, and social networking platforms incorporate real-time updates into their user interfaces. However, providing these real-time updates to a large and distributed user population through a server-sent events mechanism can create significant scalability challenges. *This session is sponsored by Akamai*
4:05pm-4:50pm (45m) Products & Services
How to Build a SaaS App With Twitter-like Throughput on Just 9 Servers
Lew Cirne (New Relic)
New Relic persists over 90,000 metrics per second while delivering an average page load time of 1.5 seconds. In this session I will discuss how good architecture and good tools can help you handle an extremely large amount of data while still providing extremely fast service. I'll show you how New Relic scales to support customer growth, how we monitor our system, and what traps to look out for.
8:30am-8:40am (10m)
Opening Remarks - Jesse Demonstrates Caffeine IV
Steve Souders (SpeedCurve), Jesse Robbins (OnBeep, Inc.), John Allspaw (Adaptive Capacity Labs)
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8:40am-8:55am (15m)
Career Development
Theo Schlossnagle (Circonus)
This keynote will be a whimsical whirlwind tour through the evolution of a "career" in web operations.
8:55am-9:25am (30m)
JavaScript & Metaperformance
Douglas Crockford (PayPal)
There are lies, damned lies, and benchmarks. Tuning language processor performance to benchmarks can have the unintended consequence of encouraging bad programming practices. This is the true story of developing a new benchmark with the intention of encouraging good practices.
9:25am-9:45am (20m)
Look at Your Data
John Rauser (Snapchat)
Modern monitoring software makes it easy to plot a statistic like average latency every minute -- too easy. Fancy dashboards of time series plots often lull us into a false sense of security. Underneath every point on those plots is a distribution, and underneath that distribution is a series of individuals: your customers.
9:45am-10:00am (15m)
Testing and Monitoring Mobile Apps
Vik Chaudhary (Keynote), Manny Gonzalez (Keynote Systems)
Keynote demonstrates how you can improve the end-user experience of your latest smartphone apps. This year at Velocity, Keynote debuts Mobile Device Perspective 5.0 (MDP), a cloud based testing and monitoring platform for ensuring the end to end quality of iPhone, Android and BlackBerry mobile apps accessing online content, streaming video, music and games.
10:25am-10:45am (20m)
Change = Mass x Velocity, and Other Laws of Infrastructure
Mark Burgess (Cfengine)
The key challenges for infrastructure designers and maintainers today are scale, speed and complexity. Mark Burgess was one of the first people to look for ways of managing these issues based on theoretical analysis. Much of his work has gone into the highly successful software Cfengine, which is still very much a leading light in the industry.
10:45am-11:15am (30m)
Lightning Demos Wednesday
Marcel Duran (Google Inc.), Patrick Meenan (Google), Dave Johnson (Nitobi), Steve Souders (SpeedCurve)
Four demos in 30 minutes.
11:15am-11:20am (5m)
Your Mobile Performance - Analyze and Accelerate
Michael Kuperman (Cotendo), Ronni Zehavi (Cotendo)
Analyze and accelerate your mobile performance.
11:20am-11:35am (15m)
From Inception to Acquisition: One Startup's Journey through the Cloud
Patrick Lightbody (New Relic)
Launched in December 2008, BrowserMob set out to change the way performance and load testing is done - all using the cloud. Learn from the founder how he built a high performance testing product on top of dozens of cloud technologies, and how the operational support the cloud provided enabled the company to not only profit from day one, but to be acquired within a year and a half of its launch.
11:35am-11:50am (15m)
O'Reilly Radar
Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
Tim O'Reilly shares his insights into the world of emerging technology, presenting his take on what matters most - and what will be most disruptive - to the tech community.
10:00am-10:25am (25m)
Break
3:25pm-4:05pm (40m)
Break
6:05pm-7:00pm (55m)
Exhibit Hall Reception
Join us in the Exhibit Hall on Wednesday, June 15 after sessions for the Velocity Exhibit Hall Reception. Visit the exhibitors, mingle with other attendees, and enjoy great refreshments and drinks.
11:50am-1:00pm (1h 10m)
Break: Lunch (and Women's Meetup in Mezzanine area)
7:00pm-9:00pm (2h)
Velocity DynTini, Sponsored by Dyn, Inc.
The team at Dyn Inc. may be classified as Internet geeks, but that doesn't mean we don't know how to throw a kick IaaS party! Join Dyn Inc., an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider for one of their world famous DynTini events where you can enjoy free drinks and great food in a casual networking environment.
8:00pm-10:00pm (2h)
Velocity BoFs
Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions provide face to face exposure to those interested in the same projects and concepts. BoFs are happening Wednesday evening, June 15, from 7-10pm
  • Keynote Systems
  • Cisco
  • Google
  • Neustar
  • Betfair
  • Cotendo
  • Rackspace Hosting
  • Akamai
  • Apica
  • dynaTrace
  • Equinix
  • Facebook
  • New Relic
  • Opscode
  • Salesforce.com
  • Yahoo! Inc.
  • AppDynamics
  • Aptimize
  • Blaze
  • CDNetworks
  • Cedexis
  • Citrix Systems
  • Compuware Corporation
  • Dyn Inc.
  • F5 Networks
  • Heroku
  • Percona
  • Quest Software
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • SiteSpect
  • Splunk
  • Strangeloop
  • WatchMouse
  • Zeus Technology
  • Neustar

Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the conference, contact Yvonne Romaine at yromaine@oreilly.com

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