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Futures and Promises: Lessons in Concurrency Learned at Tumblr
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by Blake Matheny on Nov 14, 2012 | NOTICE: The next QCon is in San Francisco Nov 7-11, 2016. Join us!

Blake Matheny discusses the current status of Tumblr, its evolution and lessons learned along the way, 3 types of concurrency -Macro, Mecro and Micro-, and Motherboy –a dashboard system-.


Blake Matheny is Director of Platform Engineer at Tumblr where he works on building the backend services that let millions of blogs and billions of page views a month be served smoothly. Blake has been developing distributed systems for the past ten years and is currently enamored with Scala, Finagle, HBase and Redis. You can check out his blog at

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