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The last chance to attend IBM Index for free: TensorFlow, Spark, Kafka, Kubernetes, SMACK 2.0!

From: Alexy K.
Sent on: Monday, February 12, 2018 2:21 PM

I’m working with IBM to connect our communities with Index, a new developer conference organized by IBM.  The individual technology sessions are created by developers, for developers.  I’ve organized the SMACK 2.0 workshop and panel, on 2/20 (Day 0) and 2/22, respectively.  Excited to have GridGain, Apache Software Foundation, Streamlio, Salesforce, DataStax, Lightbend, and Databricks on the panel.  As the core communities, we get a code to register for the whole conference for free — please use CD1ALEXY at registration and do so by midnight tonight (Monday) if you want to join us at Moscone next week!

Day 0 is the free Community Day and includes sessions by Istio, Kubernetes, TensorFlow, Spark, SMACK, and others.  What’s really interesting to me about it is the interplay of the components.  They compose in the end-to-end data pipelines that are the key focus of our meetups.  Istio enables microservices, KubeFlow operationalizes TensorFlow, Apache Beam abstracts the pipelines across clouds and on-prem.  M now increasingly stands for Model-serving/in-Memory computing, and K represents distributed layer as well.

I’ve interviewed Rajat Monga, the Engineering Director for TensorFlow, on the ways developers are getting into Machine Learning.  The TensorFlow Index Community Day session is already shaping up as one of the largest, at 600+ people, and Rajat speaks at Index.  Rajat is interested in the developer experience around TF.  It is a great opportunity to meet the Google team, provide feedback, and ask specific questions.

I’m continuing the interview series that I call Human Technology on Medium, at (one of the publications I run there, undef  The next one, coming out this week, is the interview with Francois Chollet, that begins a journey into the question, how we can quantify AI vs human as engineers and write some code about it.  Follow me on Medium and you’ll see the series as it takes shape.  If you have great ideas about writing code for AI vs humans, I’d like to talk to you — please email me anytime the inspiration strikes at [address removed].

Hope to see you at Index!


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