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Tuesday, October 30 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm
What Breaks Our Systems: A Taxonomy of Black Swans

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Black swan events: unforeseen, unanticipated, and catastrophic issues. These are the incidents that take our systems down, hard, and keep them down for a long time.

By definition, you cannot predict true black swans. But black swans often fall into categories that we’ve seen before.

This talk examines those categories, and how we can harden our systems against these categories of events, which include unforeseen hard capacity limits, cascading failures, queries of death, hidden system dependencies, various forms of deadlock, and more.

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Laura Nolan

Laura Nolan is a software engineer whose fascination with failure and fragility in systems drew her into the field of Site Reliability Engineering. She is a contributor to "Site Reliability Engineering: How Google Runs Production Systems" and "Seeking SRE", and writes a quarterly... Read More →

Tuesday October 30, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Legends Ballroom D