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Thursday, March 21 • 10:20am - 10:50am
Setting Yourself Up for gRPC Success - Joe Blubaugh, LightStep

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gRPC provides powerful capabilities for teams building distributed computing systems. This power comes with a wide variety of footguns, and your team only has so many feet! In this session we'll discuss several pitfalls we've encountered using gRPC at LightStep and the practices we've implemented to help all of our engineers use gRPC effectively.

We'll talk about client load balancing strategies (and when to avoid using client-side load balancing!), service discovery setups that work at small and medium scales, and observability configurations that help you build understandable systems. We'll talk about a few mistakes LightStep's made so you can avoid some of the holes we stepped in.

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Joe Blubaugh

Software Engineer, LightStep
Joe's an engineering manager at LightStep, where his team uses gRPC every day to build LightStep's backends. In past jobs he's worked with gRPC's cousin Stubby, Apache Thrift & Finagle, and CORBA for inter-service communication.

Thursday March 21, 2019 10:20am - 10:50am PDT