Big Data DC - July Edition

For the July edition of Big Data DC we are happy to have Drew Stephens from Palomino Labs as our presenter.  Drew will talk about a how Palomino Labs has used BenchPress to help clients monitor performance of their APIs and will give an overview of writing a BenchPress integration.

BenchPress ( is a framework for high performance load testing.  Through a distributed architecture you can easily produce loads exceeding what can be pushed across a gigabit interface, simply by increasing the number of workers.  BenchPress handles all of the partitioning of workload & communication amongst workers; all you need to do is write a few classes to tell BenchPress how to communicate with your database or API.

Drew is a software engineer at Palomino Labs, a software consultancy specializing in holistic product development, mobile applications, and agile consulting.  Drew is skilled in systems administration and takes automation seriously, ruthlessly applying the Unix adage "if you do it twice, you're doing it wrong". As a certified Scrum Master, Drew worked alongside Ryan to build a kaizen-based development organization at capable of delivering high-quality products as-promised and on-time. Drew spends his time away from computers lifting heavy things and racing cars that are well past their prime.

The agenda will be:

  • 6:30-7:00: meet, greet, & eat
  • 7:00-7:15: welcome, announcements, & introductions
  • 7:15-7:45: BenchPress
  • 8:00-8:30: Lightning Talks
  • 8:30-9:00: networking, etc.

Beer and pizza will be provided by AddThis.


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  • Drew S.

    1 · July 17, 2013

    • Robert D.

      Oh the horror of seeing yourself on video!

      1 · July 17, 2013

    • Matt A.

      Thanks Drew!

      July 19, 2013

  • Robert D.

    Great speakers, great content, great audience.

    3 · July 16, 2013

  • Mahesh P.

    Its was really nice, good set of diverse topics.

    July 16, 2013

  • Hunter

    Can't make it tonight, but will definitely be at the next event.

    July 16, 2013

  • Matt A.

    We will have a few lightning talks in addition to Drew's presentation of BenchPress. Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow evening. Please be sure to update your RSVP if you are unable to make the event.

    2 · July 15, 2013

    • Robert D.

      Looking forward to the networking, presentation and delivering my lightning talk. Basically, I'm looking forward to everything!

      1 · July 16, 2013

  • Masoud

    Work conflict, turns out I can't make it.

    July 15, 2013

  • Masoud

    There are lots of great tools out there, and plenty of people in this group who have used lots of those tools. Can we, some time again, do the 5-minute presentations, where people talk about present or past projects, what tools they used, what those tools are good for and what you would and wouldn't use them for. I don't think there are any good sites or books that do this (if there are, please post them!!!).

    I would encourage EVERYONE to present something, as mundane as it may seem to you, it will be useful info for SOMEONE in the group!

    1 · June 17, 2013

    • Matt A.

      Great idea. Since we only have one speaker signed up for this meetup we can fill up the other speaker slot with lightning talks. I'll send out a request for talks soon.

      June 17, 2013

  • David H.

    Looking 4ward 2it!!

    June 17, 2013

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