Ron Gorodetzky
Cluster beats Server, but Pie beats everything
Digg Inc.
Systems Engineering Manager

Ron Gorodetzky attended University of California San Diego after which he did small scale computer consulting. In November 2004 he was asked to help administer a small server for a side project called Digg, a social news site.

Soon after, he also co-founded Revision3, an online production company. Over the years Digg's growing popularity has given Ron an opportunity to help design and build a growing scalable infrastructure that serves billions of pages a month.


Computers are faster than ever. Today a single server can handle a wide range of applications and a fair bit of traffic. But sometimes one isn't enough. How do you go from a single system to a cluster? What problems will you need to solve, and how have others addressed them? And what are you going to need to know in order to manage a cluster?

* Review: What should a fresh faced systems engineer know by now?

* How exactly do servers do their work?

* What problems do you try to solve with clusters

* When should you consider moving to a cluster architecture?

* The what/why/how of scaling.

* What types of clusters are there?

* What makes a cluster work?

* How do clusters break?

* Overview of cluster technologies used in other companies

* How do you manage your fancy new cluster?

* have I said "cluster" enough times?

* plus some friendly sysadmin advice along the way