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Understanding Slowness

Theo Schlossnagle (Circonus)
Mission City Ballroom B4
Average rating: ****.
(4.24, 25 ratings)

One of the dying skill sets in today’s engineering teams is the multi-disciplinary analyst that can truly dissect dysfunction in the radically complex architectures of today. As tools emerge that connect the dots, it might be faster to collect the data needed to analysis and decision making, but the knowledge and techniques to actually make the assessments needed are hard to come by.

In this session, we’ll walk through a complex architecture and discuss what an engineer in this role really needs to understand. We’ll analyze a few anecdotal problems and see why this world of magical automation and elastic deployments will never really displace the need for root on a production box, a debugger, and the ability to move fast, take risks and destroy performance problems.

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Theo Schlossnagle


Theo Schlossnagle is a Founder and CEO at Circonus where he leads a group of engineers solving the scalability problems that arise in monitoring at a global scale.

Theo founded OmniTI where he provided scalable solutions for highly trafficked sites and other clients in need of sound, scalable architectural engineering. 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.