"The Collapse of Complex Infrastructures"­ - a talk by Mark Burgess

  • February 18, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • Amazon

The Collapse of Complex Infrastructures

Consumer IT services continue to grow in scope and variety, and the infrastructure for bringing them to life is exploding in scale, speed, and complexity. History shows that all collaborative systems eventually fail because of the law of "diminishing marginal returns". What does this mean in IT, and how do we ensure that technology scales to meet society´s needs with a minimum of overhead? What does it mean for competitive advantage, for agilty, quality and time to market? In this talk, Mark Burgess explores more of the ideas from his latest book In Search of Certainty: The science of our information infrastructure, and explains how we can cope with necessary and sufficient complexity. 


About the speaker

Mark Burgess is the CTO, Founder and original author of CFEngine. He was senior lecturer and then professor of Network and System Administration at Oslo University College from 1994-2011. He was the first professor with this title. Mark obtained a PhD in Theoretical Physics in Newcastle, for which he received the Runcorn Prize. His current research interests include the behaviour of computers as dynamic systems and applying ideas from physics to describe computer behaviour. Mark is the author of the popular configuration management software package CFEngine, and is the founder, chairman and CTO of the CFEngine company. He led theoretical and practical contributions to the theory of automation and policy based management, including the idea of Operator Convergence and Promise Theory. He is the author of numerous books and papers on Network and System Administration and has won several prizes for his work. 

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  • Keith E.

    Sorry guys, it is just too far for me to go. Just over a hundred miles each way. Maybe next time if the meeting is closer.

    February 18, 2014

    • Aleksey T.

      You are in San Bernoo, right? met somebody from San Bernoo at SCALE

      March 2

  • Bill G.

    It was a great talk, thoroughly enjoyed it!

    February 19, 2014

  • Kevin E.

    Very interesting talk!

    February 18, 2014

  • Matti S

    Great subject! Remember to join us at SCALE 12x for more sysadmin talks. ( Feb 21, 22,[masked] at the LAX Hilton )
    Hope to see everyone there!
    https://www.socallinuxexpo.org/scale12x

    1 · February 18, 2014

    • Kevin E.

      I'll be at SCaLE on Friday and Saturday.

      1 · February 18, 2014

  • Aleksey T.

    If anyone wants to ride along from the Burbank/Glendale area let me know.

    February 17, 2014

  • Kevin E.

    Looking forward to this one!

    February 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excited to meet you all and learn more about infra automation.

    February 17, 2014

  • Joshua G.

    Location is much better for me! I stopped going to the ones in LA because of how far away it was.

    February 12, 2014

    • Ralf Q.

      Well, this is currently for me so far out of reach, it isn't even funny. 5h trip, one way...
      So it's all a typical POV issue ;-)

      1 · February 13, 2014

  • Arild J.

    Location is too far away for me.

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • Ralf Q.

    Sounds interesting but unfortunately outside of the current range of mobility... :-(

    February 1, 2014

  • Aleksey T.

    We have a venue! Amazon
    40 Pacifica
    Irvine, CA 92656

    2nd floor. There should be signs and/or someone to direct people.

    January 31, 2014

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