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Friday, May 5 • 3:00pm - 3:35pm
Don't worry about servers, but still worry about metrics: FaaS measurement fundamentals

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Function-as-a-service (FaaS) platforms like Amazon Lambda, Azure Functions, or Google Cloud Functions are being experimented with in many projects. While it’s certainly hyped, there are plenty of success stories from teams that have created massively scalable, low-cost systems with serverless computing components. It’s less well understood, however, how to build fast functions from performance data when traditional infrastructure, server, and application metrics are unavailable. This talk is about collecting and using serverless computing metrics—and a little bit of data scraped from the /proc filesystem—to build more resilient functions.

The goal of this talk is to educate audience members on how to better operate serverless functions and attempt to demystify common serverless performance problems like cold starts and wide variations in performance depending on platform and language runtime. While an intermediate-level talk, it’s also appropriate for people who have little exposure to function-as-a-service platforms.

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Clay Smith

Clay Smith is a Developer Advocate at New Relic. He previously was a Senior Software Engineer at PagerDuty and has focused on building APIs and web applications at startups and large enterprises. As the author of one of the first mobile applications written using Swift, he also likes... Read More →


Friday May 5, 2017 3:00pm - 3:35pm CDT
Centennial Room Right