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What is the big idea with ZooKeeper? by Jan Gelin of Rubicon Project

Our First Use Case will be by Jan Gelin of Rubicon Project.


Rubicon Project utilizes a number of distributed computer systems that install Apache Zookeeper as a core component of their infrastructure.This talk is an introduction to how Zookeeper works and pointers to consider when deploying zookeeper in a distributed system such as Hadoop or similar system. 
Furthermore, I will go through the internal components and some of the gotchas.
I will spotlight some of the concepts by using concrete examples and a little bit of code. The aim is that after the talk you will be able to improve your understanding of your distributed system and maybe trigger a distributed system of your own?


Jan leads the company’s architecture group. The architecture group is responsible for developing and inventing scalable and critical building blocks and frameworks for the business software applications. This metric driven team takes hardware and software into consideration to optimize performance for automation.

Jan was an early pioneer of the Internet, developed 22 country sites in over 8 years for AltaVista and holds two search patents. In 2003, Jan joined Yahoo! and developed three generations of contextual matching engines.

Jan is Swedish with degrees in Biochemistry and Computer Engineering.

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  • Byron D.

    Whatever happened to the recording of this presentation? Any chance that's still available somewhere?

    January 18, 2015

  • Subash D.

    January 19, 2015

  • Jeff W.

    Jan Gelin was, in many ways, like Zookeeper itself... organizing and dispensing an enormous amount of valuable info, albeit distributed on many nodes.

    3 · May 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great session, thank you! Will the slides be made available?

    May 19, 2014

  • Ryan R.

    Sorry guys, I am stuck out here in Pasadena and won't be able to make it back to SM.

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is my first BDUG event, any recommendations for parking in the neighborhood?

    May 19, 2014

    • Subash D.

      Street parking is available for the event though please check the meters to see the times. You can also park at the Santa Monica Library located a few blocks away at[masked]th St.
      Here's more info and directions to the parking lot. (Its about 1/2 a mile from cross campus)­

      May 19, 2014

    • Matti S

      Remember to double check, some parking spots you will need a residential permit.

      May 19, 2014

  • Subash D.

    Tonights event will be streamed here

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • James C.

    Returned my spot, since it's going to be difficult for me to make it over to Santa Monica today. I hope to watch the stream though.

    May 19, 2014

  • Li

    will this session be recorded?

    May 19, 2014

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