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Jared Flatow
Senior Engineer @ Nokia Research Center, Disco Project
Nokia Research Center

Jared Flatow is a senior engineer at the Nokia Research Center in Palo Alto. Prior to joining the NRC in 2009, Jared was tackling large-data problems in the field of bioinformatics at the Northwestern University Biomedical Informatics Center in Chicago. Jared has been a major contributor to the Disco Project, with a focus on large-scale data analysis tools and techniques.

Jared Flatow is Giving the Following Talks
Disco: Reflections on Building a Distributed Data Processing Platform with Erlang

Disco is a 5-year old framework for distributing and processing data, complete with its own tag-based filesystem, and a protocol for writing workers to process data in any language. The Disco backend is written in Erlang, which provides a fault-tolerant backbone for coordinating tasks between nodes.

This talk will reflect on the evolution of Disco, and the lessons learned in developing a distributed data processing platform with Erlang. We'll talk about what we got right in Disco and where there is still room for improvement, and we'll give an update about the Disco roadmap.

Talk objectives: Summarize the Disco Project in terms of past, present and future status. Provide lessons learned in developing Disco (specifically using Erlang and Python). Reflect on the big data ecosystem and how it relates to the Erlang community. Discuss problems in distributed computing, and the relative strengths and weaknesses of Erlang in this domain

Target audience: Anyone interested in building or using a distributed computing platform. Open-source developers looking to glean insight from the Disco experience.