Thilo Fromm

While Thilo started his professional life with hardware and OS engineering for embedded systems, he eventually switched to Linux kernel and plumbing level work around virtualisation, networking, and storage. In more recent years, Thilo ventured into data centers spanning systems, working with Amazon AWS’ EC2 team in Dresden for more than 3 years. This January, Thilo joined Kinvolk, entering the world of cloud-native systems and software. Thilo’s main focus - besides managing Kinvolk’s engineering team - remains on technical tasks that start on a low level and cross many layers of abstraction.

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Service Mesh Benchmarks
Thilo Fromm

Benchmarking system performance in a repeatable, reproducible way can be a difficult task, both technologically as well as philosophically - doubly so for as complex a system as a service mesh. However, the cost of adding new technology to a stack can be critical in making a decision about adoption - and repeated, reproducible benchmarks can help the service mesh communities to meet, and improve on, their respective quality bar. This talk benefits the ecosystem by not only characterizing the cost of various service mesh implementations in numeric terms, but also by describing what “cost” means in this context, and by introducing an open source framework for running these tests that can be used by anyone in the world to reproduce results.

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