Pivotal’s Talks, Sessions, and Events at ApacheCon, Introducing Project Geode

April 13, 2015 Paul M. Davis

featured-ApacheconNAPivotal will have a strong presence at this year’s ApacheCon, both as a Platinum sponsor of the event and during numerous sessions. Taking place April 13-16 at the Hyatt Austin in Austin, TX, ApacheCon is a yearly meetup for the giant community supporting the Apache Software Foundation’s open source big data and cloud computing projects. In addition to keynote speeches and sessions, the event will provide a first look at Project Geode, the new open source in-memory database that powers Pivotal GemFire. Geode will be the topic of a number of Pivotal-led sessions, and available to visitors to Pivotal’s booth on the showroom floor.

Here’s a roundup of all of Pivotal’s activities at ApacheCon:

Keynote Speeches

Mike Maxey

And Now, A Word From Our Sponsors

Monday, April 13th – 9:30am – 9:35am

Mike Maxey, Senior Director of Corporate Development and Strategy, offers an overview of Pivotal’s open source initiatives, including the Open Data Platform and the new project submitted to the Apache Software Foundation today, called Project Geode, that will form the new open source core for Pivotal GemFire. In addition, we will discuss Pivotal’s plans for future open source projects and collaborations.

Chip Childers

The Makings of a Modern Application Architecture

Monday, April 13th – 9:35am – 9:45am

In this talk, Cloud Foundry technology chief of staff Chip Childers will give attendees an inside look at the economic forces that have made Cloud Foundry the fastest growing open source project in history.


Apache Incubator: Where It Is Coming From and Where It Is Going

Monday, April 13 – 10:45am – 11:35am

Roman Shaposhnik, Director of Open Source at Pivotal, will discuss how the Apache incubation process is evolving. While the Apache Incubator was once the only route into the Foundation for new projects, the emergence of Provisional Top Level Project discussions (pTLPs) and a fundamental rethinking of the mentorship approach makes this an exciting time to introduce new projects to the Foundation.

The State of TLS on Apache HTTP Server

Monday, April 13 • 2:00pm – 2:50pm

The days of deploying the default, example httpd.conf to enable mod_ssl are long gone. Smart organizations and business have changed their cipher suite, added ECDHE keys and stronger RSA keys to now default to forward secrecy operation. During this session, Pivotal’s William A Rowe Jr will discuss httpd mod_ssl facilities, and how to harden and enhance your web server deployments.

Cloud Foundry Diego: Modular and Extensible Substructure for Microservices

Tuesday, April 14 – 2:00pm – 2:50pm

The Diego project was originally conceived as a rewrite of the Droplet Execution Agent (DEA) component of the Cloud Foundry elastic runtime, the component responsible for scheduling, starting, stopping, and scaling applications in Linux containers. Matt Stine, Principal Engineer at Pivotal, will discuss this modular platform for microservices, exploring the Diego architecture, its role as the new core of the Cloud Foundry elastic runtime, and how it is being used as a component in other platforms such as Lattice and Spring XD.

Getting Started Lab for Project Geode

Tuesday, April 14 – 1:30pm to 4:30pm

This three hour hands-on lab will serve as an introduction to Project Geode, enabling attendees to get a quick start on using this newly open sourced engine that powers Pivotal GemFire. Attendees will have an opportunity to work with the founding contributors and learn how to set up and install Project Geode, administer a cluster, and get started developing with the technology.

Unleashing the Silicon Forest Fire – the Open Sourcing of GemFire

Wednesday, April 15 – 11:15am – 12:05pm

Brian Dunlap, Senior Software Engineer at Southwest Airlines, will join Pivotal’s Sudhir Menon, Jags Ramnarayan, and Dan Smith to discuss GemFire’s storied history, its architecture, and why Pivotal has decided to open source the project. They will also discuss its many time-sensitive use cases, making sure that tickets are purchased, hotel rooms are booked, trades are made, and credit card transactions are cleared in a timely fashion.

Apache HTTP Configuration API for Developers

Wednesday, April 15 – 1:15pm – 2:05pm

The Apache HTTP Server module configuration API can be a daunting challenge to approach. During this session, Pivotal’s William A Rowe Jr will unwind this complexity for the new module author or existing module hacker, and offer best practices, promote more robust module configuration, and allow for easier introduction of new features.

Implementing a Highly-Scalable Stock Prediction System with R, GemFire and Spring XD

Wednesday, April 15 – 3:15pm – 4:05pm

Pivotal’s Fred Melo, Technical Marketing Director, and William Markito Oliveira, Enterprise Architect, will discuss the role and evolution of stock prediction systems using contemporary technologies and tools. Since the prediction algorithm is just a small piece of the puzzle, Melo and Markito Oliveira will provide a walk-through the architecture and implementation details of a cloud-based stock prediction application built on top of open-source tools.


Open Sourced GemFire In-Memory Distributed Database Architecture Talk

Sunday, April 12, 2015
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX

This meetup and and talk will serve as an introduction to Pivotal’s in-memory data grid GemFire, now proposed to become an incubated project of the Apache Software Foundation. Topics will include a history of the technology, use cases, why Pivotal has chosen to take the project open source, a code walk through, and a discussion of how attendees can contribute.

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