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Thursday, November 21 • 4:25pm - 5:00pm
Ready to Serve! Speeding-Up Startup Time of Istio-Powered Workloads - Michal Malka & Etai Lev-Ran, IBM

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Pod startup time has long been a focus area for cloud-native platforms. Optimizing startup time is critical to support use cases such as autoscaling, upgrades, and failure recovery. The recent rise of the serverless model, along with its key value proposition of scale-to-zero of idle workloads, has made pod startup time important than ever: The platform must be able to start the pod fairly quick, such that the latency of request-triggered scale-from-zero is acceptable.

In this talk, we'll analyze the latency contributed by Istio service mesh to pod startup time, right from pod creation and up to the pod becoming ready to service requests. We'll also examine various techniques to reduce it, including using Istio CNI to bootstrap the pod's network, launching the sidecar proxy with an initial routing configuration, and using manual sidecar injection.

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Etai Lev Ran

System Architect, IBM
Etai works for the IBM research lab in Haifa and was a security workgroup lead for Istio open source project. He has previously worked on cloud infrastructure services, distributed file systems and high performance networked systems.
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Michal Malka

Manager, IBM Cloud Foundations, IBM
Michal is working as a manager of the Cloud Foundations group at the IBM Haifa Research Lab, focusing on several projects in the area of Hybrid Cloud. Michal has deep knowledge in microservices technologies and is currently working on new directions for Istio as the microservices... Read More →

Thursday November 21, 2019 4:25pm - 5:00pm PST
Room 11AB - San Diego Convention Center Upper Level