Thursday, May 23 • 16:45 - 17:20
Delivering Serverless Experience on Kubernetes: Beyond Web Applications - Alex Glikson, Carnegie Mellon University

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Knative is a great platform to host web applications on Kubernetes, offering seamless request-based scaling as well as scale-to-zero.
As part of research at the Carnegie Mellon University to better understand the advantages and limitations of serverless platforms, we assessed Knative for two workloads that may differ from typical Web applications -- Machine Learning inference (ML) and Interactive Computing (IC). We focused on properties which are important for workloads with significant amount of state - such as ML model, or IC session - while still maintaining the ability to scale down to zero (and back to one) efficiently. In this talk we will present the initial results of an effort to design a Kubernetes-based serverless platform optimized for such workloads, focusing on two properties: 1) ability to efficiently persist state, 2) ability to deliver low latency under load spikes.

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Alex Glikson

Senior Cloud Research Architect, Carnegie Mellon University
Alex Glikson is a systems researcher and an architect working on virtualization management and cloud infrastructure technologies since mid 2000’s. He has been involved in multiple open source projects, notably OpenStack, Docker and more recently OpenWhisk and Kubernetes. After spending... Read More →

Thursday May 23, 2019 16:45 - 17:20
Hall 8.1 G1