upcoming talks

I will be speaking at three events over the next two weeks. These talks will focus on how ShareThis leverages AWS and MapReduce, based on Cascading and AsterData as vendors, plus several open source projects including Bixo and Katta.

Tue 2009-06-09, 7:00pm-9:00pm


Santa Clara Marriott
2700 Mission College Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Will discuss "How ShareThis mashes technologies in the cloud for Big Data analysis, leveraging AsterData nCluster, Cascading, Amazon Elastic MapReduce, and other AWS services in our system architecture."

This will be run in a Bar Camp format, along with DJ Patil, Ted Dunning, and other great speakers.

Wed 2009-06-10, 8:30am-8:30pm
Hadoop Summit 2009

Santa Clara Marriott
2700 Mission College Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Two talks: "Cascading for Data Insights at ShareThis: Syntax is for humans, API's are for software", as a developer talk, 2-3pm. Also, participating on the Amazon AWS panel discussion moderated by @jinman, about running Hadoop on EC2 and Elastic MapReduce, 6:00-6:30pm.

Last year's Hadoop Summit was a must-not-miss event, and I got lucky on timing and was able to tip-off friends at AWS to check it out... Amazon sponsored the lunch, and even though I did have to miss that event, AWS sent me awesome t-shirt schwag which I treasure to this day :)

Tue 2009-06-16, 1:00pm-7:00pm
Amazon AWS Start-Up Project

Plug & Play Tech Center
440 N Wolfe Rd
Sunnyvale, CA‎ 94085

Panel discussion, along with Netflix, SmugMug, and other AWS customers, to "help business and technical decision makers from from small start-ups to large enterprises learn how to be successful with Amazon Web Service."

Really looking forward to this. I was on the panel for AWS Start-Up Tour in Santa Monica in 2007. You may recall there were some fires... like, nearly all of LA and SD hillsides were up in flames. Even so, 250+ people braved their way through the smoke and ash to reach that night club on Santa Monica Blvd, and we had a great panel discussion. This year in Sunnyvale should be even better.


While I've got your attention... I've been spending a fair amount of time in Seattle and on the phone to Seattle, particularly at one reconditioned former medical center, and especially regarding the fine folks at Elastic MapReduce. While in Seattle, I got to hang out with 30+ other system architects, many incredible folks. M David, of course I'm talking about you! :) At this stage of my career, I rarely seem to get time to sit back with peers, and swap stories and ideas. Time well spent.

BTW, we've been working with EMR now for a while, and recently started using EMR for in production. One of those cases where I could not post a blog entry then, but definitely wanted to tell everybody! Now that the news has been long public, I'm actually too busy using it commercially to blog ;)

See you on twitter @pacoid