Pixar in a Box with Kitt Hirasaki

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Pixar has made some of the most successful movies of all time: Toy Story, WALL-E, Monsters Inc, and many others.   These movies are made with cutting-edge computer animation techniques that Pixar often has to invent in order to tell the story it wants to tell. Pixar has teamed up with Khan Academy to teach anyone who wants to learn the basics of

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Open Source Culture with Rachel Roumeliotis

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Open source software has become the rule for how software is written rather than the exception. OSCON is O’Reilly’s open source conference, where companies and individuals talk about where the open-source world is going.   Rachel Roumeliotis is the chair of OSCON, and she joins the show today to talk about the state of open source, and how the conference has developed since

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Android on iPhone with Nick Lee

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Finally–the Android operating system has been put on an iPhone, and today’s guest is Nick Lee, who accomplished that feat. Nick works at Tendigi, a design and engineering firm.   In the past, Nick has put Windows 95 on an Apple Watch. Why would you do something like this? In today’s interview with Nick, we talk about the technical challenges of bringing Nick’s

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Kubernetes Origins with Craig Mcluckie

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download The container management system Kubernetes was open sourced by Google with the intention of creating a cloud service based on the project. Today, the Kubernetes ecosystem is looking similar to the Android ecosystem, with different vendors providing different ways to use Kubernetes, from RedHat’s OpenShift to Google Container Engine.   Craig Mcluckie was a member of the team who originally devised Kubernetes, and

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Container Platforms with Darren Shepherd

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Container management systems like Kubernetes and Docker Swarm give us a higher level management tool for architectures built out of distributed containers.   Container platforms like Rancher provide a higher layer of usability, and today’s guest Darren Shepherd of Rancher Labs takes us through what a container platform is. This interview is part of our continued coverage of Kubernetes, Docker, and the other

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Peter Bailis on the Data Community’s Identity Crisis

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Breakthroughs in modern data research tend to come from companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon, with projects like MapReduce, Cassandra, and Dynamo.   Twenty years ago, this types of breakthroughs would be happening in academia, which causes today’s guest Peter Bailis to ask: is the academic data community having an identity crisis?   Peter is an assistant professor at Stanford University, where he

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Apache Arrow with Uwe Korn

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download In a typical data analytics system, there are a variety of technologies interacting. HDFS for storing files, Spark for distributed machine learning, pandas for data analysis in Python–each of these different technologies has a different format for how data is represented.   Serialization and deserialization between these different formats causes significant latency across the overall system. Apache Arrow is a tool for improving

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Economics of Software with Russ Roberts

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download EconTalk is a weekly economics podcast that has been going for a decade. On EconTalk, Russ Roberts brings on writers, intellectuals, and entrepreneurs for engaging conversations about the world as seen through the lens of economics.   Russ Roberts is today’s guest, and it is a treat because I have been listening to EconTalk since 2006 and it was a central point of

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IoT Analytics with Jean-Christophe Cimono

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download On smart thermostats, sensor-driven assembly lines, and electronically monitored farms, the internet of things is producing huge volumes of data.   To take advantage of that data, an application needs tools for storing and analyzing that data. Today’s guest is Jean-Cristophe Cimono, the CTO of mnubo, a cloud platform for connected objects. Today we walk through the architecture of mnubo and the use

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Cassandra Data Modeling with Jon Haddad

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Data modeling is the process of creating relationships and rules about objects, so that we can decide how to store them in a database. Data modeling defines how we store and query our database systems.   Today’s episode features a discussion of data modeling in Cassandra with Jon Haddad, an evangelist at Datastax. The distributed nature of Cassandra creates some unique rules around

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Salary Negotiation with Haseeb Qureshi

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Negotiation is an important skill for software engineers. The salary you negotiate at the beginning of your job could be a difference of tens of thousands of dollars over the course of an engineer’s career, but intimidating recruiters and exploding offers scare many engineers from negotiating at all.   Today, Haseeb Qureshi returns to the show to discuss his epic story of salary

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Platforms with Bridget Kromhout

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download At software conferences, I like to walk around the vendor booths and talk to the representatives from different companies. By talking to the vendors about their marketing pitches, I get an idea of how those companies are positioning themselves for the future, and the complex business landscape of software becomes slightly easier to understand.   At recent conferences, many of the big vendors have

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Scalable Architecture with Lee Atchison

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Lee Atchison spent seven years at Amazon working in retail, software distribution, and Amazon Web Services. He then moved to New Relic, where he has spent four years scaling the company’s internal architecture. From his decade of experience at fast growing web technology companies, Lee has written the book Architecting for Scale, from O’Reilly.   As an application scales, it becomes significantly more

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Schedulers with Adrian Cockcroft

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Scheduling is the method by which work is assigned to resources to complete that work. At the operating system level, this can mean scheduling of threads and processes. At the data center level, this can mean scheduling Hadoop jobs or other workflows that require the orchestration of a network of computers.   Adrian Cockcroft worked on scheduling at Sun Microsystems, eBay, and Netflix.

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Security and Machine Learning in the Call Center with Pindrop Security’s Chris Halaschek

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Call centers are a vulnerable point of attack for large enterprises. Fraud accounts for more than $20 billion in lost money every year, and a significant portion of that fraud is due to customer service representatives being fraudulent social engineering attacks.   Chris Halaschek joins the show today to discuss how Pindrop Security is addressing this attack vector. Every phone call that gets

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Cloud Providers with Don Pezet

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download In 1999, it took $50,000 to buy a server. Once you bought that server, you had to know how to operate and maintain it. Today, cloud service providers have changed how we build software. Servers, load balancers, networking, storage–these hardware concerns have been turned into software. Don Pezet joins the show today to discuss the fundamentals of a cloud service provider. These are

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KubeCloud: Tangible Cloud Computing with Kasper Nissen and Martin Jensen

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download At most universities, there is not a course titled “cloud computing”. Most students leave college without an understanding of distributed systems, cloud service providers, and the fundamentals of how a data center works. Kasper Nissen and Martin Jensen are changing that with KubeCloud, a small tangible cloud computing cluster that runs on Raspberry Pis.   Kasper and Martin started KubeCloud as a masters

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Container Management with Alexis Richardson

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Twenty years ago, Bill Joy talked about the eight fallacies of distributed computing–these are things such as “the network is reliable”, and “latency is zero”, and “bandwidth is infinite”, and these fallacies are even more relevant today. With the popularity of Docker containers, the networks of distributed systems that we deal with have become even more complex, and with this growing complexity comes

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P2P Money Transfer with TransferWise’s Harsh Sinha

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Transferring money from one country to another is expensive, and the banks that facilitate money transfer have tricked us into believing that it should be expensive. On today’s show, Harsh Sinha explains the peer-to-peer system of transferring money with TransferWise, where he works as VP of engineering. Harsh also discusses the larger picture of FinTech companies. The emergence of so many companies at

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Cassandra Compliant ScyllaDB with Dor Laor

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Apache Cassandra is a distributed database that can handle large amounts of data with no single point of failure. Since 2008, Cassandra has been widely adopted and the software and the community around it have grown steadily. A software developer interacting with Cassandra uses CQL, the Cassandra Query Language. ScyllaDB is another open-source database that has been created to be totally compatible with

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