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Thursday, May 11 • 4:05pm - 4:45pm
Microservices and WASM, Are We There Yet? - Will Christensen, Defense Unicorns & Kingdon Barrett, Weaveworks

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Web Assembly has started gather praise in a browser carrying benefits of performance gains, type safety, reduced size, polyglot support, and with a platform agnostic binary. WASM has largely delivered on its promise in a browser and in Apps, but what about for microservices? We didn’t know either so we tried to build a simple project that seemed fun and learned WASM for microservices is not as mature and a bit more complicated than running in the browser. If WASM, WASI, or WAGI is either interesting or is 100% a foreign concept, we will talk about what we tried, our vision for a fun reusable codebase, and every stumbling block. Discuss the reason why the current WASM seemed not quite mature yet for a common problem statement. More importantly, why we’re still excited for the prospect of WASM in the service space as the platform evolves. Why come to a talk about a failing project? Simple, everyone is going to want some sort of polyglot cooperative, CPU agnostic, cloud native, kubernetes native, and GitOps inclusive solution, and right now it definitely seems like WASM is leading the way, shining a bright beacon ahead like none other. Come learn from our pain so you don’t have too and leave just as excited as we are while informed for the key indicators just beyond the horizon.

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Kingdon Barrett

Open Source Support Engineer, Weaveworks
Kingdon Barrett is a Flux maintainer and an Open Source Support Engineer on the Developer Experience team at Weaveworks. He is a long-time Helm enthusiast and Ruby/Go developer who also works on the legendary cloud-native PaaS for Kubernetes, Hephy Workflow, in his fun time.

Will Christensen

Unicorn Engineer, Defense Unicorns
Presently Working at Defense Unicorns, Will is an open source contributor and mentor, from an embedded Windows development background growing into DevOps and ALARM enthusiast, he is a product of using IRC and joining up with local linux communities.

Thursday May 11, 2023 4:05pm - 4:45pm PDT
119 (Level 1)