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Workshop: Observing and Understanding Distributed Systems With OpenTelemetry (Morning Session)

Location: Seacliff A

Duration: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Day of week: Thursday

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites

  • Ability to read Go or Python code, and to debug/compile programs written in Go/Python.
  • Bringing own laptop
  • (Optional) Jaeger/Zipkin if participants don't want to use the instructors' backend
  • (Optional) Google Cloud account with billing account, Honeycomb.io account [we will supply these for participants missing these]

Modern systems architecture often splits functionality into microservices for adaptability and velocity. The challenge of managing infrastructure for microservices has led to the cloud native ecosystem, including Kubernetes, Envoy, gRPC, and other projects. Observability, including application performance management (APM), is an essential component of a cloud-native stack. Without observability, application developers and operators cannot understand the behavior of their applications and ensure the reliability of those applications.  

OpenTelemetry (the successor to OpenCensus and OpenTracing) is a standardized library and specification that collects distributed traces and metrics from instrumented services. By instrumenting once with OpenTelemetry, developers and operators can understand how data and events flow through their applications through a variety of different visualization backends.  

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to instrument a distributed set of microservices for traceability using OpenTelemetry, and how to analyze your service’s traces using open source software backends like Jaeger/Zipkin. Finally, you’ll be able to leverage OpenTelemetry vendor-neutral flexibility to try out other tracing backends including the hosted SaaS products Stackdriver and Honeycomb, without recompiling. And you can go home feeling comfortable with implementing OpenTelemetry in your own applications, and being prepared to choose how you will store and visualize traces.

Speaker: Christine Yen

Cofounder @honeycombio

Christine delights in being a developer in a room full of ops folks. As a cofounder of Honeycomb.io, a startup with a new approach to debugging production systems, she cares deeply about bridging the gap between devs and ops with technological and cultural improvements. Before Honeycomb, she built out an analytics product at Parse (bought by Facebook) and wrote software at a few now-defunct startups.

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Speaker: Austin Parker

Principal Developer Advocate @LightStepHQ

Austin Parker has been solving - and creating - problems with computers and technology for most of his life. He is an Open Source Engineer at LightStep and maintainer on the OpenTracing and OpenTelemetry projects. His professional dream is to build a world where we're able to create and run more reliable software. In addition to his professional work, he's taught college classes, spoken about all things DevOps and Distributed Tracing, and even found time to start a podcast. Austin is also the co-author of the forthcoming book Distributed Tracing in Practice, available in early 2020 from O'Reilly Media.

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