Wednesday, November 20 • 11:50am - 12:25pm
Did Kubernetes Make My p95s Worse? - Jian Cheung & Stephen Chan, Airbnb

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When Airbnb first evaluated Kubernetes, they explicitly tested for performance and saw no significant differences. Then in 2019, as Airbnb’s migration of services from EC2/Chef to Kubernetes went into full swing, performance problems started cropping up. Service owners noticed significant latency increases which threatened to halt the overall move to Kubernetes. This talk will share Airbnb’s journey on performance gains and losses in its mass migration to Kubernetes. It will dive into the investigations Airbnb has done, from hardware differences, to cluster settings, to container configurations, to service language problems, and more.


Stephen Chan

Software Engineer, Airbnb
Stephen has worked on Airbnb during much of its Kubernetes migration, from the first production service to hundreds of services running across many clusters and different environments. He previously spoke about a few custom controllers in use at Airbnb at Kubecon 2018.
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Jian Cheung

Software Engineer, Airbnb
Jian Cheung is a software engineer on the Service Orchestration Team at Airbnb. He works on supporting application and infrastructure service abstractions running on Kubernetes.

Wednesday November 20, 2019 11:50am - 12:25pm
Room 15AB - San Diego Convention Center Mezzanine Level