Schedule

Below are the confirmed and scheduled talks at Velocity 2008 (schedule subject to change).

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Salon E
Add Measuring Performance to your personal schedule
1:00pm Session
Measuring Performance Steve Souders (Fastly), Ryan Breen (Gomez Inc. ), Bill Scott (PayPal), Ernest Mueller (Bazaarvoice), Scott Ruthfield (Rooster Park Consulting)
Add Stress, Load, and Performance Testing in Quality Assurance to your personal schedule
2:15pm Session
Stress, Load, and Performance Testing in Quality Assurance Goranka Bjedov (Google)
Add Incident Command for IT: What We Can Learn from the Fire Department to your personal schedule
2:30pm Incident Command for IT: What We Can Learn from the Fire Department Brent Chapman (Great Circle Associates, Inc.)
Add Getting into the Cloud(s) to your personal schedule
3:45pm Session
Getting into the Cloud(s) Jesse Robbins (OnBeep, Inc.), Ezra Zygmuntowicz (EngineYard), Jeff Barr (Amazon Web Services), Jason Hoffman (Joyent, Inc.), Peter Nickolov (3TERA), Jonathan Bryce (Mosso, a division of Rackspace), Paul Colton (Aptana, Inc.)
Add Windows Live Search Infrastructure: Windows at Web-Scale to your personal schedule
4:30pm Session
Windows Live Search Infrastructure: Windows at Web-Scale Ken Cao (Microsoft Corporation)
Add Vertebra:  Cloud Computing/Distributed Application Platform to your personal schedule
4:45pm Session
Vertebra: Cloud Computing/Distributed Application Platform Ezra Zygmuntowicz (EngineYard), Jayson Vantuyl (Engine Yard)
Add LinkedIn Communication Architecture to your personal schedule
5:00pm Session
LinkedIn Communication Architecture Sean Dawson (LinkedIn), Ruslan Belkin (LinkedIn)
Add Performance Metrics to your personal schedule
5:15pm Performance Metrics John Rauser (Pinterest), Peter Sevcik (NetForecast, Inc.), Eric Goldsmith (AOL), Eric Schurman (Amazon), Vik Chaudhary (Keynote)
8:00am Continental Breakfast
Room: Salon Foyer
10:30am AM Break
Room: Salon Foyer
3:15pm PM Break
Room: Salon Foyer
Salon A-D
Add Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About CDNs (But Were Afraid to Ask) to your personal schedule
1:00pm Session
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About CDNs (But Were Afraid to Ask) Jacob Rosenberg (AOL), Michael Gordon (Limelight Networks), Keith Oslakovic (Akamai Technologies), Laird Popkin (Pando Networks), Patrick Harr (Nirvanix)
Add Hotmail's Performance Tuning Best Practices to your personal schedule
1:45pm Session
Hotmail's Performance Tuning Best Practices Aladdin Nassar (Microsoft - Outlook.com)
Add Mobile Browser Performance Factors to your personal schedule
2:15pm Session
Mobile Browser Performance Factors Jason Grigsby (Cloud Four)
Add High-performance Ajax Applications to your personal schedule
2:30pm High-performance Ajax Applications Julien Lecomte (Yahoo!)
Add Cadillac or Nascar? A Non-religious Investigation of Modern Web Technologies to your personal schedule
3:45pm Session
Cadillac or Nascar? A Non-religious Investigation of Modern Web Technologies Akara Sucharitakul (Sun Microsystems Inc.), Shanti Subramanyam (Orzota, Inc.)
Add Improving Netflix Performance to your personal schedule
4:30pm Session
Improving Netflix Performance Bill Scott (PayPal)
Add What’s New in Firefox 3 to your personal schedule
4:45pm Session
What’s New in Firefox 3 Mike Connor (Mozilla Corporation)
Add IE 8 What's Coming to your personal schedule
5:00pm Session
IE 8 What's Coming Christian Stockwell (Microsoft Corporation)
Add Wikipedia to your personal schedule
5:15pm Panel
Wikipedia Domas Mituzas (Facebook)
12:00pm Lunch
Room: Bayside
Add Welcome to your personal schedule
9:00am Plenary
Room: Salons E-F
Welcome Steve Souders (Fastly), Jesse Robbins (OnBeep, Inc.)
Add Green Data Centers to your personal schedule
9:15am Keynote
Room: Salons E-F
Green Data Centers Bill Coleman (Cassatt Corporation)
Add Keynote Systems Launches KITE to your personal schedule
9:30am Plenary
Room: Salons E-F
Keynote Systems Launches KITE Vik Chaudhary (Keynote), Abelardo Gonzalez (Keynote Systems)
Add Jiffy: Open Source Performance Measurement and Instrumentation to your personal schedule
9:45am Plenary
Room: Salons E-F
Jiffy: Open Source Performance Measurement and Instrumentation Scott Ruthfield (Rooster Park Consulting)
Add Energy Efficient Operations: Some Challenges and Opportunities to your personal schedule
11:00am Plenary
Room: Salons E-F
Energy Efficient Operations: Some Challenges and Opportunities Luiz Barroso (Google)
Add Clouds Are No Substitute for Competence to your personal schedule
11:45am Diamond 2
Room: Salons E-F
Clouds Are No Substitute for Competence Javier Soltero (Hyperic, Inc.)
Add Ignite Velocity to your personal schedule
8:45pm Event
Room: Salons E-F
Ignite Velocity
Add Velocity Sponsor Gallery Reception to your personal schedule
6:00pm Velocity Exhibit Hall Reception
Room: Junior Ballroom
Velocity Sponsor Gallery Reception
1:00pm-1:45pm (45m) Performance
Measuring Performance
Steve Souders (Fastly) et al
Fast web pages are critical to a good user experience, but what is "response time" and how should it be measured? This panel discusses what parts of page loading should be measured and the importance of perceived versus instrumented speed.
1:45pm-2:15pm (30m) Operations
Actionable Logging for Smoother Operation and Faster Recovery
Mandi Walls (Opscode)
This talk focuses on tips for making application logs more useful to operations staff, particularly after a pager goes off at 3 a.m. We'll look at methods for managing logs, separating problems from metrics, and working with developers with a goal toward faster recovery after problems and automation of simple fixes.
2:15pm-2:30pm (15m) General
Stress, Load, and Performance Testing in Quality Assurance
Goranka Bjedov (Google)
What exactly are the differences between stress testing, load testing, and performance testing? Are there more things that can and should be done, and who should be responsible for doing them? This talk will attempt to answer these questions.
2:30pm-3:15pm (45m) Operations
Incident Command for IT: What We Can Learn from the Fire Department
Brent Chapman (Great Circle Associates, Inc.)
Have you ever wondered how fire departments organize themselves on the fly to deal with a major incident? How they effectively coordinate the efforts of multiple agencies? How they evolve the response as the incident changes? Brent Chapman will introduce the Incident Command System (ICS), and discuss how it can be applied to IT events, such as security incidents and service outages.
3:45pm-4:30pm (45m) Operations
Getting into the Cloud(s)
Jesse Robbins (OnBeep, Inc.) et al
Moving into the Cloud is easy... if you know how to get off the ground. In this panel the leading providers of Infrastructure & Software-as-a-Service will discuss their similarities and unique advantages. The focus will be on which platforms are best suited to particular problems, what is required to get started, and what to expect as you grow..
4:30pm-4:45pm (15m) Operations
Windows Live Search Infrastructure: Windows at Web-Scale
Ken Cao (Microsoft Corporation)
You’ve seen how Google and Yahoo keep running 24/7, now it’s time to learn how Microsoft pulls it off…running Windows. This session will spill the beans on Microsoft’s Autopilot datacenter automation system and let you in on some of our future plans for running our ever-expanding server clusters
4:45pm-5:00pm (15m) Operations
Vertebra: Cloud Computing/Distributed Application Platform
Ezra Zygmuntowicz (EngineYard) et al
Vertebra is a next generation Cloud Computing Platform built with Erlang/Ruby and centered around Ejabberd and XMPP. Vertebra can be used for automating the cloud as well as for distributed real time application development.
5:00pm-5:15pm (15m) Operations
LinkedIn Communication Architecture
Sean Dawson (LinkedIn) et al
The LinkedIn Communication Platform is built 100% on top of Java technologies and is responsible for handling all user communications and the distribution of network events. Learn about the architecture, implementation, and scalability challenges in building the communication platform for the world's largest and fastest growing professional networking service.
5:15pm-6:00pm (45m) Performance
Performance Metrics
John Rauser (Pinterest) et al
Sharing performance data across an organization is challenging. People want one number or one color (green or red), but often the key issues are only revealed when you look deeper. The panel of experts reviews examples of correlating performance metrics with business metrics, critical to anyone evangelizing better performance within their company.
8:00am-9:00am (1h)
Break: Continental Breakfast
10:30am-11:00am (30m)
Break: AM Break
3:15pm-3:45pm (30m)
Break: PM Break
1:00pm-1:45pm (45m) Operations
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About CDNs (But Were Afraid to Ask)
Jacob Rosenberg (AOL) et al
Most major web sites use Content Delivery Networks to deliver their experience but there is quite a bit of mystery and misinformation about how they work, how they differ, and why they’re so key to performance. This discussion brings together a panel of several experts in the technology, both vendors and major users, to address some of the misconceptions.
1:45pm-2:00pm (15m) Performance
Hotmail's Performance Tuning Best Practices
Aladdin Nassar (Microsoft - Outlook.com)
How does Hotmail balance between the demands of a rich UI that is also performant? This presentation covers the lessons learnt, how to measure performance, and the trade-offs between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0.
2:00pm-2:15pm (15m) Performance
Lessons Learned in Live Search Moving to and then Away from Ajax
Eric Schurman (Amazon)
More information coming soon
2:15pm-2:30pm (15m) Performance
Mobile Browser Performance Factors
Jason Grigsby (Cloud Four)
The Mobile Web is the wild west when compared to desktop browsers. There is little information about how mobile browsers handle the factors that impact performance. Learn about the tests that Cloud Four has conducted on mobile browsers and our conclusions about how to build fast-loading mobile web pages.
2:30pm-3:15pm (45m) Performance
High-performance Ajax Applications
Julien Lecomte (Yahoo!)
Taking off from where the Yahoo! Exceptional Performance rules leave off, find out what it takes to design, implement, and test high performance Ajax applications, including common (and less common) techniques and patterns, and a case study.
3:45pm-4:30pm (45m) Performance
Cadillac or Nascar? A Non-religious Investigation of Modern Web Technologies
Akara Sucharitakul (Sun Microsystems Inc.) et al
Deciding which web technology is right for you and your new web application? You don't want to miss this session. We'll provide our experiences creating and testing a social networking application using three technologies: PHP, Ruby on Rails, and Java. All implementations are tested with components commonly used in large scale web sites, i.e., MySQL and Memcached.
4:30pm-4:45pm (15m) Performance
Improving Netflix Performance
Bill Scott (PayPal)
At Netflix we have implemented round trip tracing to get an accurate measure of the end user performance experience. With this data in hand we are marching through the set of YSlow recommendations + others and tracking the measured improvements.
4:45pm-5:00pm (15m) Performance
What’s New in Firefox 3
Mike Connor (Mozilla Corporation)
In this session, Mike Connor, lead developer for Mozilla Firefox, will discuss the major performance improvements to Firefox 3, including speed, memory usage, and reliability.
5:00pm-5:15pm (15m) Performance
IE 8 What's Coming
Christian Stockwell (Microsoft Corporation)
More information coming soon
5:15pm-6:00pm (45m) Operations
Wikipedia
Domas Mituzas (Facebook)
More information coming soon
12:00pm-1:00pm (1h)
Break: Lunch
9:00am-9:15am (15m) Keynote
Welcome
Steve Souders (Fastly) et al
Welcome
9:15am-9:30am (15m) Keynote
Green Data Centers
Bill Coleman (Cassatt Corporation)
More information coming soon
9:30am-9:45am (15m) Keynote
Keynote Systems Launches KITE
Vik Chaudhary (Keynote) et al
Get an early look at KITE - the Keynote Internet Testing Environment. KITE tests and analyzes the performance of web applications from your desktop and locations around the world. KITE allows advanced scripting, detailed network performance and DOM analysis, and the ability to gather data from hundreds of geographic locations worldwide.
9:45am-10:00am (15m) Performance
Jiffy: Open Source Performance Measurement and Instrumentation
Scott Ruthfield (Rooster Park Consulting)
Jiffy is a new open-source end-to-end system built by the WhitePages.com team for instrumenting your web pages, capturing client-side timings for any event that you determine, and storing and reporting on those timings. Learn about the motivations, goals, lessons learned, and how to participate.
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11:00am-11:45am (45m) Operations
Energy Efficient Operations: Some Challenges and Opportunities
Luiz Barroso (Google)
Managing the energy-related costs of computing operations has become a first order concern for many organizations. In this talk Luiz Barroso will outline some of the important energy cost and usage trends in datacenter operations, and describe a few of the key areas where there is significant potential for efficiency improvements.
11:45am-12:00pm (15m) Keynote
Clouds Are No Substitute for Competence
Javier Soltero (Hyperic, Inc.)
Just as people are beginning to understand the difference between web ops and IT, we are entering a period where clouds promise “Ops-Free” computing. We’ll talk about the emergence of web operations as a discipline, and how cloud computing simply changes, instead of eliminating, the importance of web operations.
8:45pm-10:45pm (2h) Event
Ignite Velocity
If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Would you pitch a project? Launch a web site? Teach a hack? This high-energy, fast-paced event will feature up to 16 Ignite presentations. To sign up and for more information see:
6:00pm-7:30pm (1h 30m) Event
Velocity Sponsor Gallery Reception
Visit the exhibitors, mingle with other attendees, and enjoy great refreshments and drinks at the evening reception.
  • Akamai
  • Google
  • Hyperic
  • Sun Microsystems
  • 3Tera, Inc
  • Coradiant
  • Keynote Systems
  • Limelight Networks, Inc.
  • OpSource
  • TechRepublic

Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the conference, contact Sharon Cordesse at scordesse@oreilly.com.

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