Introducing Our First Round of Keynotes for CoreOS Fest 2017

March 9, 2017 · By Melissa Smolensky

Every year, we love getting the CoreOS community together to celebrate distributed systems, Kubernetes and CoreOS technologies at CoreOS Fest. This year, CoreOS Fest gathers the community on May 31 and June 1 at Pier 27 in San Francisco. In addition to keynotes and announcements from Alex Polvi, CEO of CoreOS, and Brandon Philips, CTO of CoreOS, we have an intriguing lineup of speakers that will bring timely topics to light. Keynotes include discussions of the rise of the site reliability engineer, the evolution of Omega, Borg and Kubernetes, and how solar flares affect the internet. We look forward to continuing our yearly conversation about the future of distributed systems and its impact on application development, deployment, security, and the internet as a whole.

Before we jump into the keynotes, here are a couple of reminders.

  • One, if you want an opportunity to speak at CoreOS Fest, you’re in luck. We’ve extended the speaking proposal deadline to Sunday at 11:59 p.m. PT. Please submit here.
  • Two, please join us! Be sure to get your ticket by April 26th to take advantage of the early bird price.

While more keynotes will be announced as we get closer to the event, here’s a sneak peek at our current lineup:

Topic: Cluster management at Google - Borg and Kubernetes

John Wilkes, Principal Software Engineer, Technical Infrastructure at Google

John Wilkes

John Wilkes has been at Google since 2008, where he is working on automation for building warehouse scale computers. Before this, he worked on cluster management for Google's compute infrastructure (Borg, Omega, Kubernetes). He is interested in far too many aspects of distributed systems, but a recurring theme has been technologies that allow systems to manage themselves.

He received his doctorate in computer science from the University of Cambridge, joined HP Labs in 1982, and was elected an HP Fellow and an ACM Fellow in 2002 for his work on storage system design. Along the way, he’s been program committee chair for SOSP, FAST, EuroSys and HotCloud, and has served on the steering committees for EuroSys, FAST, SoCC and HotCloud. He’s listed as an inventor on 40+ US patents, and has an adjunct faculty appointment at Carnegie-Mellon University. In his spare time he continues, stubbornly, trying to learn how to blow glass.

Topic: Site reliability engineering

Chris Jones, An Author of the Site Reliability Engineering Book

Chris Jones is a Site Reliability Engineer for Google App Engine, a cloud platform-as-a-service product serving over 100 billion requests per day. Based in San Francisco, he has previously been responsible for the care and feeding of Google’s advertising statistics, data warehousing, and customer support systems. In other lives, Chris has worked in academic IT, analyzed data for political campaigns, and engaged in some light BSD kernel hacking, picking up degrees in Computer Engineering, Economics, and Technology Policy along the way. He’s also a licensed professional engineer.

Topic: Solar flares and the internet

Lucianne Walkowicz, Astronomer at Adler Planetarium in Chicago

Captivated by the mysteries of the natural world from a young age, Lucianne Walkowicz is a lifelong explorer who began doing formal research at age 17. She has since been part of several space missions, including the Hubble Space Telescope and NASA’s Kepler Mission, and is a leader in the future Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. Walkowicz holds a B.S. in Physics from Johns Hopkins University, a M.S. and Ph.D. from University of Washington. She was the Kepler Fellow at UC Berkeley, and the Henry Norris Russell Fellow at Princeton University, before joining the Astronomy Department at Adler Planetarium in 2014. She is a 2013 TED Senior Fellow, a 2011 National Academy of Sciences Kavli Fellow, and has been internationally recognized for her advocacy for conservation of dark night skies.

The Master of Ceremonies

Returning this year as your emcee, Brian Redbeard will take us on the CoreOS Fest journey for the third time. We can’t wait to welcome you in San Francisco to the third annual CoreOS Fest.

We wouldn’t be able to put on such a wonderful event without the support of our sponsors. Thank you to our sponsors so far, including Google at the galaxy level, Datadog, Tigera, Wercker the Cloud Native Computing Foundation at the star level, and Sysdig, Instana, Buoyant, OpenStack, Wavefront, and Aqua Security at the planet level.