Submit proposals for flash talks
Rootconf is on 11-12 May. If you have:
- Tips and tricks for simplifying infrastructure management and maintenance;
- Experiences with new tools to share;
- Cool demos;
then propose a flash talk here, or on the spot, at the venue.
The flash talk session is on 11 May, from 17:20-18:20. We have room for about 12 flash talks. Each presentation should be no more than 5 minutes.
A final note of caution when presenting at flash talks: we have a code of conduct at the conference. You must refrain from making remarks that may be perceived as sexist or derogatory. If you want to double check your presentation, contact Sandhya Ramesh, Karthik B. or Zainab Bawa at the venue.
The theme for the 2017 edition is service reliability. The conference will feature talks on state of the art deployment strategies and appropriate monitoring technologies at different scales. Rootconf this year will broadly cover topics like toil, on-call, outage handling, and post-mortem analysis. We are inviting presentation proposals from academics and practitioners on these topics.
Rootconf aims to appeal to the widest possible range of DevOps practitioners: from embryonic startups to the largest established enterprises. We are keen to schedule presentations that appeal both to attendees’ current needs as well as their future aspirations.
About the Conference
Rootconf is India’s principal conference where systems and operations engineers share real world knowledge about building reliable systems. We are now accepting submissions for our next edition which will take place in Bangalore on 11-12 May 2017.
Topics for Round 2 of the CfP were:
- Capacity planning.
- Deploying microservices, and issues concerning monitoring and reliability of microservices.
- Deployment and orchestration of container based infrastructures.
- Open tracing.
Topics for Round 1 of the CfP were:
- Monitoring strategies
- Deployment strategies
- Capacity planning
- Automation beyond deployment and monitoring
- Eliminating toil
- On-call outage handling
- Postmortem / root cause analysis
- Incident response
Rootconf is a three track conference:
- Rooconf talks in the main auditorium.
- Red Hat and Linux Foundation sponsored Platforms track in the banquet hall.
- Birds of Feather (BOF) sessions in the lawns.
We are inviting proposals for:
- Full-length 40-minute talks – which cover conceptual topics and include case studies.
- Crisp 15-minute how-to talks or introduction to a new technology.
- Sponsored sessions, of 15 minutes and 40 minutes duration (limited slots available; subject to editorial scrutiny and approval). Hands-on workshop sessions of 3 and 6 hour duration where participants follow the instructors on their laptops.
Proposals will be filtered and shortlisted by an Editorial Panel. Please make sure to add links to videos / slide decks when submitting proposals. This will help us understand your speaking experience and delivery style. 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 might contact you to ask if you’d like to repost your content on the official conference blog.
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.
You can check back on this page for the status of your proposal. We will notify you if we either move your proposal to the next round or if we reject it. Selected speakers must participate in one or two rounds of rehearsals before the conference. This is mandatory and helps you to prepare well for the conference.
A speaker is NOT confirmed a slot unless we explicitly mention so in an email or over any other medium of communication.
There is only one speaker per session. Entry is free for selected speakers.
As our budget is limited, we prefer speakers from locations closer home, but will do our best to cover for anyone exceptional. HasGeek provides these limited grants where applicable:
- Two grants covering travel and accommodation for international speakers.
- Three grants covering travel and accommodation for domestic speakers.
Grants will be made available to speakers delivering full sessions (40 minutes or longer).
*Speaker travel grants will be given in the order of preference to students, women, persons of non-binary genders, and speakers from Asia and Africa.
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 for 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”.
- Deadline for submitting proposals: 10 April, 2017
- Final conference schedule: 15 April 2017
- Conference dates: 11-12 May, 2017
For more information about speaking proposals, tickets and sponsorships, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +91-7676332020.
A quick how-to on capacity planning for an application deployed in AWS and how to use this information for configuring AWS autoscaling policies
Understanding the Capacity limits of an application is critical to ensuring that SLAs are consistently met.
This how-to talk aims to break down the process of Capacity planning into three steps that leverage standard, simple tools. It also touches upon how the learnings from the capacity planning can be channelled into the setup of AWS autoscaling policies.
Capacity planning involves the three main steps below
a) Coming up with the load pattern for one single host: While it is useful to benchmark key APIs individually and regress degradations in these KPIs release over release, from a capacity prediction perspective, it is more accurate to base predictions off of production traffic patterns. Dashboards in New Relic provide a clear, real time, window into the top used APIs and this data, coupled with Splunk filters, provides peak incoming request count for each API. Based on the total AWS instances count, production load per AWS instance can be arrived at and simulated in the performance load scripts.
b) Preparing the load testing scripts and run the tests in the Perf environment: JMeter is the tool of choice for load testing script creation and execution. For the predictions to be reliable, the tests must run in a (scaled down) performance environment which has server size matching that of the production boxes and tests must run from the same subnet. Care must be exercised to ensure dependent downstream environments are also performance environments. Any caching optimisations must be identified and called out. Load tests starting at current load should be scaled up incrementally to upto 5X/10X of the current load.
c) Analysing/extrapolating the results to determine the capacity and autoscaling policies: KPIs for analysis are the client and server side response times, TP90, CPU and memory consumption and Apdex scores. This KPI data can be used to identify the load at which application SLAs are met and extrapolated to determine loads that can be optimally processed in Production. Also, based on peak traffic analysis, if there is recurring, predictable spike in usage for a time window, auto scaling policies can be configured in AWS for provisioning AWS instances on demand, so as to optimise operation costs.
Laxmi Nagarajan is a Staff Software Engineer in Quality, Intuit, Inc. She has helped drive Quality upstream in the development cycle for SAAS applications built in Adobe, Paypal and startups in the Bay area and more recently in Intuit, IDC.