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Monitoring: The Math Behind Bad Behavior
Theo Schlossnagle, Circonus
As we monitor more and more systems we can quickly become overwhelmed with data. Large systems today can generate many millions of measurements per second across millions of separate points of instrumentation. We’ve long surpassed human capacity of understanding the whole picture. Even with clever visualizations, the breadth of data is simply too much to reason about.
As our data feeds overflow our mental capabilities, we’re forced down one of two paths: explicitly collect less or implicitly surface interesting data. The latter is hard and requires a fair bit of math. In this presentation, I’ll talk about how we approach these numerical analysis problems and what you should and should not be able to expect.
A widely respected industry thought leader, Theo is the author of Scalable Internet Architectures (Sams) and a frequent speaker at worldwide IT conferences. Theo is a computer scientist in every respect. Theo is a member of the IEEE and a senior member of the ACM. He serves on the editoral board of the ACM’s Queue Magazine.
Theo resides in Maryland with his wife and three daughters. When speaking about his work, he remarks, “I like tackling hard problems and playing with big toys."
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