OSCON 2014 - a retrospective

Jul 29, 2014

Max Breuer


4 min read

Given our commitment to open source, O'Reilly's yearly open source convention, OSCON, is one of the most important shows of the year for us. For OSCON 2014, Mesosphere sent three engineers to Portland to host two events around our current projects and to mingle with other engineers and developers. Our mission was to create awareness about Apache Mesos as well as soak up input from other open source projects and their contributors.
Our OSCON experience began on Sunday July 20, as part of the workshop and tutorials track. We led a workshop where we explained the details of how to write Mesos frameworks to an audience of about 50 interested attendees, which included a hands-on exercise. Of the many people who attended, a considerable number of them were already familiar with Apache Mesos, which supports our impression that the Mesos open source community is continuously growing. The workshop ended with a lengthy Q&A session and everyone left with a Mesos cluster on a virtual machine to continue their exploration at home.
In addition to giving talks at OSCON, we attended many of the other sessions that also included Apache Mesos. For example, Jerome Petazzoni from Docker gave a nod to Mesos, mentioning that it's a great way to deploy hundreds of Docker containers. Roman Shaposhnik from Pivotal talked about how Spark can run on top of Mesos. Finally, Brian Grant from Google talked about the collaboration between Google and Mesosphere on cluster scheduling with Kubernetes. The entire list of already uploaded speaker notes and some video recordings are available on the official OSCON website.
We also held Mesosphere office hours from 3:20 to 4:20 PM on Tuesday, July 22. During the office hours we welcomed questions from the community and we spoke at length with members of the Red Hat Project Atomic and Google Kubernetes teams, along with a number of other curious folks. Many of those who came to our office hours were investigating Mesos for use in their organizations, while others were just wondering, "what is Mesos anyway?"
Our talk on Wednesday afternoon, Mesos: Elastically Scalable Operations, Simplified, gave a detailed overview of Mesos and the problems it solves. This was one of the most well attended talks we have given so far. Thanks to all for showing up and making it an awesome experience for us! We appreciated the laughter during our puns, great questions during our Q&A and patience during our demo glitch. Adam Bordelon painted the big picture and explained the thoughts behind Mesos as a cluster resource manager and Niklas Nielsen explained details around the Mesos architecture and gave examples of use cases from some of the biggest known Mesos adopters, including Twitter, Airbnb and Hubspot.
We would like to offer a special thanks to Shirley Bailes and everyone else at O'Reilly, their sponsors, the conference volunteers, and the many excellent speakers who also presented at OSCON. We also wish to thank Dave Lester and Chris Aniszczyk for letting us hang out at the Twitter Open Source booth and talk Mesos.
Finally, thanks to everyone who shared stickers. We love stickers!
Niklas Nielsen, Adam Bordelon and Connor Doyle

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