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Office Hour with Bryan Cantrill (Joyent, Inc.)

Bryan Cantrill (Joyent)
Office Hours
Table 1 (Exhibit Hall)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)

Bryan will chat or debate just about anything, from disaster stories (production war stories, tooling, debugging) to systems philosophy (the Unix philosophy, monolithic v. micro, libraries v. frameworks) to systems performance (why SSDs are not as important as you think they are). He’s also particularly happy to talk about:

  • OS-based virtualization: tradeoffs, production experiences, etc.
  • Cloud computing: on-prem v. public, challenges of elastic infrastructure, etc.
  • Node.js: Why it’s better suited for production use than Java
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Bryan Cantrill


Bryan Cantrill is CTO at Joyent. Previously a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, Bryan has spent over a decade working on system software, from the guts of the kernel to client-code on the browser and much in between. Bryan led the team that designed and implemented DTrace, a facility for dynamic instrumentation of production systems that won the Wall Street Journal’s top Technology Innovation Award in 2006 and the USENIX Software Tools User Group Award in 2008. Bryan co-founded the Fishworks group at Sun, where he designed and implemented the DTrace-based analytics facility found in the Sun Storage 7000 series of appliances — a facility that InfoWorld described as “stunning” in a February 2009 review. In 2005, Bryan was named by MIT’s Technology Review as one of the top thirty-five technologists under the age of thirty-five, and by InfoWorld as one of their Innovators of the Year. Bryan received the ScB magna cum laude with honors in Computer Science from Brown University.