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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 Whelan has been a software developer at ActiveState since early 2012 and has been involved in many layers of the Stackato product, from the JavaScript-based web console right through to the Cloud Controller API. Phil has been the lead developer on kato, the command-line tool for administering Stackato. Phil's current role is a Technology Evangelist focused on Stackato. You will see Phil regularly on ActiveState's Blog. Prior to coming to ActiveState, Phil worked in London for BBC, helping build the iPlayer, and Cloudera in San Francisco, support Hadoop and HBase. He also spent time in Japan, where he worked for Livedoor.com and met his wife. Phil enjoys working with big data and has built several large-scale data processing applications including real-time search engines, log indexing and a global IP reputation network. You can find Phil on Twitter at @philwhln, where you can ask him any questions about Stackato. Alternatively, email at philw at activestate.com