Artur Bergman

Artur Bergman, hacker and technologist at-large, is the director of engineering at Wikia, supporting its mission to compile and index the world's knowledge. He is also an enthusiastic apologist for federated identity and a board member of the OpenID Foundation. His current interests include semantic search, large scale infrastructure, open source development, federated instant messaging, neurotransmitters, and the future of cyborgs.

Perl on App Engine?

I am a Perl hacker. I have written parts of the core, created CPAN modules and written tons of perl code. In fact I am addicted to it ; or rather, CPAN. I have been wanting to play around with Google App Engine, but I haven't had time to get up to speed in Python. Today at OSCON I met…

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Failure happens

What an exciting day, as services for hundreds of thousands of users and millions of readers disappeared from the internet. In a stunning but unsurprising event, a repeated power cycling caused by a blown power station disrupted the 365 Main datacenter, causing them to lose all power to two colocation rooms. I jokingly refer to 365 Main as the "Web…

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365 Main datacenter power outage – Six Apart Technorati Craigslist

The Web 2.0 datacenter 365 Main, in the heart of SOMA, just lost power. Sites that are affected include Craigstlist, Technorati, Yelp and all Six Apart properties, TypePad, LiveJournal and Vox. The only information that seems to be available is at the quite innovative Six Apart twitter stream. I feel sorry for the operation staff that are going to do…

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Shared nothing parallel programming

I agree strongly with Tim and Nathan's belief in the importance of parallel computing. I've been following this space since 2000, when I took Gurusamy Sarathy's initial work on making perl multi-threaded and finished it for the 5.8 release. The initial perl threading released in 5.5 had a traditional architecture: all data was shared between all threads. The problem with…

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Amazon EC2 and S3 disaster planning

In my post Amazon Web Services and the lack of a SLA, I asked the following question. So, if your company is based on AWS: What does your disaster recovery plan look like? How do you react if Amazon goes down or if Amazon decides to shut down AWS? I asked for what your tradeoffs and disaster recovery plans were….

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