Rootconf 2016

Rootconf is India's principal conference where systems and operations engineers share real world knowledge about building resilient and scalable systems.

Rootconf is India’s principal conference where systems and operations engineers share real world knowledge about building resilient and scalable systems.

We are now accepting submissions for our next edition which will take place in Bangalore 14-15 April 2016.

Theme

The theme for this edition will be learning from failure. We are keen to explore how devops think about failure when designing, building and scaling their systems. We invite presentations related to failure in database systems, servers and network infrastructure.

We encourage presentations that relate to failure not only in terms of avoidance but also in terms of mitigation and education. How do we decide which parts of our systems cannot fail? What measures do we take to mitigate failure when it does inevitably happen? And most importantly: what lessons can be learned from failure?

Format

This year’s edition spans two days of hands-on workshops and conference. We are inviting proposals for:

  • Full-length 40 minute talks.
  • Crisp 15-minute talks.
  • Sponsored sessions, 15 minute duration (limited slots available; subject to editorial scrutiny and approval).
  • Hands-on Workshop sessions, 3 and 6 hour duration.

Selection process

Proposals will be filtered and shortlisted by an Editorial Panel. We urge you to add links to videos / slide decks when submitting proposals. This will help us understand your past speaking experience. Blurbs or blog posts covering the relevance of a particular problem statement and how it is tackled will help the Editorial Panel better judge your proposals.

We expect you to submit an outline of your proposed talk – either in the form of a mind map or a text document or draft slides within two weeks of submitting your proposal.

We will notify you about the status of your proposal within three weeks of submission.

Selected speakers must participate in one-two rounds of rehearsals before the conference. This is mandatory and helps you to prepare well for the conference.

There is only one speaker per session. Entry is free for selected speakers. As our budget is limited, we will prefer speakers from locations closer home, but will do our best to cover for anyone exceptional. HasGeek will provide a grant to cover part of your travel and accommodation in Bangalore. Grants are limited and made available to speakers delivering full sessions (40 minutes or longer).

Commitment to open source

HasGeek believes in open source as the binding force of our community. If you are describing a codebase for developers to work with, we’d like it to be available under a permissive open source licence. If your software is commercially licensed or available under a combination of commercial and restrictive open source licences (such as the various forms of the GPL), please consider picking up a sponsorship. We recognise that there are valid reasons for commercial licensing, but ask that you support us in return for giving you an audience. Your session will be marked on the schedule as a sponsored session.

Key dates and deadlines

  • Paper submission deadline: 31 January 2016
  • Schedule announcement: 29 February 2016
  • Conference dates: 14-15 April 2016

Venue

Rootconf will be held at the MLR Convention Centre, J P Nagar.

Contact

For more information about speaking proposals, tickets and sponsorships, contact info@hasgeek.com or call +91-7676332020.


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Tod McQuillin

@distalzou

DTrace: Live tracing for Unix systems

Submitted Apr 4, 2016

Attendees will learn the history and current status of DTrace, as well as a technical overview of how DTrace works and a selection of use cases where DTrace provides valuable debugging information. A number of examples and sample commands will be presented.

Outline

DTrace is a powerful tool for analyzing system performance on production systems in real time, originally developed by Sun Microsystems for the Solaris operating system and now available on FreeBSD, OS X and Linux. Linux support is the newest and least mature of the available DTrace implementations.

Requirements

Attendees should be familiar with a Unix like operating system, and should have experience with Unix shells, text editors, and at least one programming language.

Speaker bio

Tod McQuillin co-founded Telerama, one of the United States’s first public access Internet service providers, in 1991. Tod joined UBS in 1995 and worked in various IT groups in UBS including system administration, source code administration and developer services, performance metrics engineering and software development, and automated software build frameworks. Since 2015 he has been working as a freelance consultant at Seven Layer Studio in Kamogawa, Japan.

He has been working with BSD Unix since 1988, FreeBSD since 1993 and Solaris since 1995.

After moving to Japan in 1996, Tod has learned to read and write Japanese, Perl, C, and SQL to a high proficiency. He’s also a fine cook.

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