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May 4, 2021
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Tuesday, May 4 • 10:30 - 11:00
Scheduling 68k COVID Tests with Linkerd - Dom DePasquale & Shawn Smith, The Pennsylvania State University

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In the summer of 2020, Penn State's software engineering team was tasked with building a system for scheduling the testing of students, faculty, and staff for their arrival back to campus in the fall. In this HIPAA-compliant testing and scheduling system, Linkerd was installed because of its reputation for security and observability. As the team came to learn in February 2021, the #1 reason to have Linkerd is to troubleshoot performance issues. The engineering team sent out over 68,000 invites to those returning to campus to log into the system and schedule COVID tests upon return for the spring semester. The large load on the system highlighted where bottlenecks and bugs really existed. In this presentation, members of that team will discuss how they utilized Linkerd to secure, monitor, and troubleshoot the microservice-based system.

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Dominic DePasquale

The Pennsylvania State University, DevOps Architect
Dom DePasquale is a DevOps Architect at Penn State University for the department of Software Engineering. He designs and builds systems utilizing Kubernetes and Cloud offerings as components. Dom is currently working on evangelizing and implementing DevOps principles and related technologies... Read More →
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Shawn Smith

The Pennsylvania State University, Director of Software Engineering
As Penn State’s director of Software Engineering, Shawn Smith leads a team tasked with evolving and advancing software solutions for the Penn State community with an emphasis on system reliability, user satisfaction, and timely deliverability on budget. He has delivered production... Read More →



Tuesday May 4, 2021 10:30 - 11:00 CEST
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