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Metropolitan Ballroom - keynote

Thursday June 21st, 09:00-10:00

Patterns In The Chaos

About this Session

Humans have a tendency to invent new problems rather than solve old ones. As we build larger, more complex systems, we unearth global challenges around networks, compute resources and data. Have we neglected to see more elegant examples which existed all along?

It is possible for even the most complex systems to be organized and simplified in ways that may not occur to us. In situations where we still search for the right algorithms, by turning to complex natural systems around us we can find the problem was solved long ago. What we think is a new protocol may in fact be one that has been tested and evolving over hundreds or millions of years. One invented for the early internet is incredibly similar to a strategy evolved by desert ants millions of years ago. And this is why it works.

This talk will address these questions with examples of self-organization, decentralization and diversification from emergent phenomena found in nature. And close with what in Scala and functional programming particularly applies when composing systems in the face of these challenges.



Helena Edelson

Helena has built cloud platforms and focused on big data, analytics, ML, cyber security and infrastructure at massive scale. Previously she did research in biological systems, modeling and prediction, and design of sustainable systems. She has been a committer to FiloDB, Spark Cassandra Connector and contributor to Akka cluster. She has been a keynote speaker at Scale By The Bay and spoken at Kafka Summit SF, Spark Summit NY/EU, Strata NY/SJ, QCon SF, Reactive Summit, Scala Days EU, Philly Emerging Tech, and is a Cassandra MVP.