The Math Behind Bad Behavior

Distinguished ACM Speaker Dr. Theo Schlossnagle
Thursday, April 11
11:30 a.m.
Glatfelter 301

SchlossnagleAs we monitor more and more systems we can quickly become overwhelmed with data. Large systems today can generate many millions of measurements per second across millions of separate points of instrumentation. We’ve long surpassed human capacity of understanding the whole picture. Even with clever visualizations, the breadth of data is simply too much to reason about.

As our data feeds overflow our mental capabilities, we’re forced down one of two paths: explicitly collect less or implicitly surface interesting data. The latter is hard and requires a fair bit of math. In this presentation, I’ll talk about how we approach these numerical analysis problems and what you should and should not be able to expect.

Theo Schlossnagle is a senior member of ACM and entrepreneur. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Computer Science from the Johns Hopkins University, with a focus on graphics and randomized algorithms in distributed systems. He founded his first company, OmnitTI, in 1997. OmnitTI, a web applications and Internet architectures provider, is a leader in addressing challenging scalability, performance and security problems. He is the founder and CEO of Circonus which provides a data analytics and automated monitoring platform for businesses.