12 September 2018
6:30pm-7:00pm Welcome, Serverless Architecture Overview
Wayne Scarano, sga.com, Cloud/Cybersecurity Architect
7:00pm-8:00pm - Serverless in the Fog: the Holy Grail of Distributed Computing
Robert MacInnis, Ph.D., CEO & Co-founder of ActiveAether & FogCoin
The granularity of computation has become progressively fine-grain - from VMs down to containers and now functions - which has enabled the beneficial properties of service-oriented computing (like scalability, resiliency, and more) to be absorbed up into applications designed as loosely-coupled systems of services.
But two things remain unaddressed with FaaS and serverless in the cloud: resiliency to data center failures, and optimization of the geographical location of compute in order to minimize latency.
A Fog Computing infrastructure provides a spectrum of compute spanning a continuum from edge to cloud, enabling compute to be consumed closer to the source for latency-sensitive applications like IoT and Machine Learning. When combined with Faas and serverless, Fog Computing infrastructure approaches the holy grail of distributed computing: automatic, demand-driven scalability of services, with the ability to optimize for the geographical proximity of data and computation.
FaaS and serverless in the fog takes us from “this service can run anywhere in the cloud” to “this service can run anywhere, period.”
Robert MacInnis, Ph.D., is CEO & Co-founder of ActiveAether & FogCoin, CEO & Founder of AetherWorks LLC, and Partner at BlueBear Capital. An expert in distributed systems and pioneer in Fog Computing, Robert holds several patents in the space, and received a Ph.D. from the University of St Andrews for his work on demand-driven, location-neutral computing architectures. Robert previously built and brought to market AetherStore, distributed storage software, still in use by tens of thousands across the globe.
Robert and his team recently closed a multi-million dollar pre-sale for the FogCoin cryptocurrency that powers the ActiveAether fog computing platform, and are preparing for global launch later this year.
8:00pm - 8:30pm - Networking