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Billy Newport, IBM

 Billy  Newport Billy Newport is a Distinguished Engineer working on WebSphere eXtreme Scale (ObjectGrid) and on WebSphere high availability. He's worked at IBM since Sept 2001. Besides his current activities, he helped add advanced APIs like the WorkManager APIs (JSR 236/237) and worked on the staff plugin architecture of WPS. Prior to IBM, he worked as an independant consultant at a variety of companies in investment banking, telcos, publishing, yellow pages over the previous 13 years in over 10 countries. He graduated from the Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland with a Bachelors in Applied Computing in 1989.

Presentation: "Performance and Scalability panel discussion Moderated by Ryan Slobojan"

Time: Wednesday 10:30 - 11:30

Location: Concordia

Abstract: What does it take to scale? This panel will bring together leading architects and solution providers in the area of performance, scalability, fault tolerance, and clustering; the panel will explore current and emerging architectures, practices, and solutions for achieving predictable performance & scalability.

Presentation: "Evolving the key/value Programming Model to a higher level"

Time: Wednesday 16:30 - 17:30

Location: Concordia

Abstract: Redis was an interesting evolution of key/value style programming when it included lists and sets in a first class way. However, this is not enough and I'll show a redis++ api running on top of WebSphere eXtreme Scale, IBMs in memory data grid product. This enhancement provides the elastically scalable persistent store for a truly scalable twitter application unlike the original Retwis application built on Redis. The talk will highlight the original Redis APIs, what's cool, what's not so cool and how we evolved it to produce a truly scalable application.