Sessions at RailsConf 2012 about Scaling and Ruby on Rails

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Monday 23rd April 2012

  • Not a Vendor Pitch: Real World Rails Apps at Massive Scale

    by Pitr Vernigorov, Joshua Warchol, Lew Cirne, Jon Pliske and Tim Sturge

    New Relic CEO Lewis Cirne will lead a panel discussion with representatives from some of today's most popular, highly-trafficked web sites. With millions of uniques a month, find out how these organizations are optimizing their Rails-based sites for mobile, for unexpected traffic bursts, and for seasonality.

    At 10:30am to 11:15am, Monday 23rd April

    In Room 615, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • Up and to the right – how Spiceworks is scaling 200 million requests per month

    by Francis Sullivan and David Babbitt

    Curious how Spiceworks, a social business app built on Rails, keeps 2 million active users happy? With Ruby on Rails, baby! In the last year our usage has increased 8x and now exceeds 200 million requests per month. Join Francis Sullivan, CTO and Co-founder, and David Babbitt, Technical Program Manager, to hear about the architecture and best practices we adopted to make this happen.

    Get the ins-and-outs on:

    • Hosting a high volume Rails application
    • Choosing what to optimize
    • Lessons learned while moving to JRuby
    • Updating a large codebase through Rails beta to Rails 3
    • Scaling the dev organization

    At 1:30pm to 2:15pm, Monday 23rd April

    In Room 615, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • From Rails Rumble to 50,000,000 results

    by Mikel Lindsaar

    StillAlive.com was born from the 48 hour intense 2010 Rails Rumble and has grown! Having recently passed our 50,000,000th site result, this talk discusses the real world challenges and optimisations required to take a code base born from the fires of YAGNI to a production system.

    This talk isn't about how you can scale from 0 requests to 500 billion requests per microsecond, but give a practical view to some of the performance problems we faced as the application steadily grew from a hack job into a functioning system.

    The journey will go through the mistakes we made, challenges faced and real world optimisations discovered, including some tricks we learnt along the way from concurrent index creation to using the ZeroMQ messaging framework with Rails

    At 2:30pm to 3:15pm, Monday 23rd April

    In Salon J, Hilton Austin Downtown

    Coverage note video

Tuesday 24th April 2012

  • Preparing for Rapid Growth - Tips for Enabling Your Rails App and Team to Grow Quickly

    by Patrick Leonard

    Every young company expects to grow quickly, but is your engineering team really ready for it? In 3 years, iTriage went from a kitchen table to one of the leading mobile consumer healthcare apps with over 5 million downloads. Staying ahead of this growth didn't just mean hiring more Rails engineers.

    Patrick will discuss what iTriage did (and continues to do) to stay ahead of our growth, including:

    • Technical architecture, including use of Rails Engines to enable a modular, RESTful service-based design
    • Enabling high quality iPhone, Android and Web apps
    • Development and release management processes
    • Recruiting and hiring approaches

    At 10:30am to 11:15am, Tuesday 24th April

    In Room 615, Hilton Austin Downtown

    Coverage slide deck

Wednesday 25th April 2012

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