AppNexus kicks off public Tech Talk series

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As part of our ongoing effort to engage with the local and national tech communities, I am thrilled to announce the launch of AppNexus’ public Tech Talk series.  We have two exciting presentations coming up.

The AppNexus Tech Talk events are completely free and open to the public.  However, space is limited so please RSVP to guarantee your spot!

Kicking off the series, Pete Emerson, Senior Director of Technical Operations for AppNexus, will present “Parallel Asynchronous Command Execution: Intro to Redis & ZeroMQ” tomorrow February 15 from 6:30 to 8pm at AppNexus’ New York headquarters. Pete will present simple code he’s written to execute arbitrary commands and code across many servers quickly.  If you’d like to test drive the technologies in advance of his talk, see the links below.

Parallel Asynchronous Command Execution: Intro to Redis & ZeroMQ
Presenter: Pete Emerson, Senior Director of Technical Operations, AppNexus 
When: Wednesday, February 15 – 6:30 to 8pm
Where: AppNexus – 28 West 23rd Street, 5th Floor (between Fifth & Sixth Avenues)
Food and beverage will be provided

On Wednesday, February 22 from 7pm to 9pm AppNexus’ Samy Bahra will present “An Introduction to Lock-Free Algorithms.” Samy is a senior software engineer on the AppNexus ad server team, and he’s finding that lock-free algorithms are playing an increasingly crucial role in our real-time advertising platform.

Though many of the concepts explored in Samy’s talk will be language-agnostic, it is recommended that those attending have an intermediate to advanced familiarity with C or C++, as well as a familiarity with multi-threaded programming.

Samy will cover non-blocking algorithm design and implementation. Lock-free synchronization allows concurrent systems to exude composibility, scalability, and resilience in ways impossible (in theory and in practice) when using traditional lock-based synchronization methods. Lock-free algorithms may receive plenty of inappropriate hype, but those attending Samy’s Tech Talk session will leave with the ability to determine when, where, and how to best use lock-free data structures and algorithms in real-world systems. Attendees will also receive a wealth of valuable resources for continued learning after the session.

An Introduction to Lock-Free Algorithms
Presenter: Samy Bahra, Senior Software Engineer, AppNexus
When: Wednesday, February 22 – 7 to 9pm
Where: AppNexus – 28 West 23rd Street, 5th Floor (between Fifth & Sixth Avenues)
Food and beverages will be provided

We hope to see you at one (or both!) of these upcoming events.  We’ll be posting details on future AppNexus Tech Talks here on our tech blog, so be sure to check back soon!

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