Mikhail Panchenko discusses how Flickr’s code base developed over the years and the problems that started to appear because not everything was written as it should. He discusses the benefits and drawbacks of using various solutions for providing availability and scalability to a website with many users and page requests.
Mikhail Panchenko currently works at SimpleGeo. Before that, he started working on company-wide infrastructure automation projects, including DNS and hardware configuration, at Yahoo!. Later he joined the Flickr team being involved in a variety of features and infrastructure projects, including a complete refactor of the offline tasks system.
Strange Loop is a developer-run software conference. Innovation, creativity, and the future happen in the magical nexus "between" established areas. Strange Loop eagerly promotes a mix of languages and technologies in this nexus, bringing together the worlds of bleeding edge technology, enterprise systems, and academic research. Of particular interest are new directions in data storage, alternative languages, concurrent and distributed systems, front-end web, semantic web, and mobile apps. http://strangeloop2010.com/