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Video: libswarm Interview With Solomon Hykes (1h11m)
by Phil Whelan

Phil Whelan, June 19, 2014

Video: libswarm Interview With Solomon Hykes (1h11m)

During his keynotes at Dockercon 2014, Solomon Hykes introduced the next lego brick to follow Docker - "libswarm".

"libswarm defines a standard interface to manage and orchestrate distributed systems. It is not tied to a particular distributed system," he tells me.

The idea is that libswarm provides a consistent API into your clustered environment. It can work with any existing distributed system that implements an adapter (or "backend") for libswarm to use.

Prior to this I interviewed Solomon Hykes on 30th May to find out what libswarm and wrote a blog post, which you can find here. This video is the full recording of the interview.

Things to note: "beam" has been simplified to be "Like Go channels over the network" and is now called "libchan". Also, unlike other interviews I have done, I was going in with almost no knowledge of what libswarm would be - hence the head scratching.

Enjoy!

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Phil is the Director of Engineering for Stackato at ActiveState. Stackato is an enterprise PaaS solution based on Cloud Foundry and Docker. Phil works closely with the Stackato development team and is a compulsive code-reviewer. You will see Phil regularly on ActiveState's Blog writing about Cloud Foundry, Docker, OpenStack, CoreOS, etcd, Consul, DevOps and many other cloud related technologies. Prior to coming to ActiveState, Phil worked in London for the BBC, helping build the iPlayer, and Cloudera in San Francisco, supporting Hadoop and HBase. He also spent time in Japan, where he worked for Livedoor.com. Phil has worked for several startups in Vancouver which included building several large-scale data processing applications such as real-time search engines, log indexing and a global IP reputation network.