November 18, 2019 | San Diego, California
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Monday, November 18 • 3:10pm - 3:40pm
Towards Serverless As Commodity: A Case of Knative - Nima Kaviani, IBM & Dmitriy Kalinin, Pivotal

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Serverless computing promises to evolve cloud computing architecture, reducing complexities of managing and scaling underlying infrastructure. However, one of the primary drawbacks customers face when deciding to use serverless is the potential for getting locked-in with a particular provider. This used to be a concern with Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings too. However with Kubernetes emerging as the industry standard, PaaS is closer to becoming commodity with the Kubernetes API as its common interface. The question is if a similar unification for the API interface and runtime contracts can be achieved for serverless. As contributor to Knative with in-depth understanding of its internal design, we use Knative as the baseline and compare its API interface and runtime contracts against other prominent serverless platforms. We identify commonalities and differences, discuss challenges, and review evolution we expect to see as serverless platforms reach commodity status.


Nima Kaviani

senior software engineer, IBM
Nima Kaviani is a senior cloud engineer with IBM. He is a contributor to Knative and Cloud Foundry's Eirini. Prior to that Nima was the contributor to Cloud Foundry's Diego for over two years. Nima holds a PhD in computer science and tweets and blogs about Serverless, Kubernetes... Read More →
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Dmitriy Kalinin

Principal Software Engineer, Pivotal
Dmitriy Kalinin works at Pivotal on various projects, most recently contributing to Kubernetes and Knative. Recently he has been working on several open source tools that help manage applications on Kubernetes.

Monday November 18, 2019 3:10pm - 3:40pm
SDCC - Room 6F