September 25-26, 2023
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Monday, September 25 • 1:50pm - 2:20pm
Ambient Q+A

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It's been a year since the Istio Project announced work on our ambitious Ambient mode. Much has been promised about how Ambient will reduce resource consumption, improve operations, ease onboarding, and solve world peace. This panel will explore how Ambient Mode has and has not achieved the expectations set for it. Rather than hearing from engineers who built Ambient, we will hear from end users who have experimented with Ambient in Development and Staging environments, to hear their initial impressions. At the end of this panel, attendees should have a better understanding of what problems Ambient is ready to solve today, and contributors should have a better idea of how to improve Ambient Mode in the future.

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Eric Van Norman

Senior Software Engineer, IBM
Eric has been working at IBM for 34 years and in the IBM Cloud division since 2014. He has worked on service brokers, service proxy and discovery, Docker, Kafka, image security, and since 2019, Istio. He is a member of the Technical Oversight Committee and is the lead of the Istio... Read More →
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Neeraj Poddar

VP of Engineering, Solo.io
Neeraj Poddar is the Head of Engineering at Solo.io. He has worked on various aspects of operating systems, networking and distributed systems over the span of his career. He is passionate about developing efficient and performant distributed applications. He's an open source enthusiast... Read More →
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Lin Sun

Director of Open-Source, solo.io
Lin is the Director of Open-Source at Solo.io. She has worked on Istio service mesh since 2017 and serves on the Istio Technical Oversight Committee. Previously, she served on the Istio Steering Committee for three years and was a Senior Technical Staff Member and Master Inventor... Read More →
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John Howard

Staff Software Engineer, Google
John is a Software Engineer at Google working on Istio, and member of the Istio TOC and Steering committee.
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Mitch Connors

Sr. Principal Engineer, Aviatrix
Mitch Connors is a Sr. Principal Software Engineer at Aviatrix, and serves on the Istio Technical Oversight Committee. Over the past 17 years, Mitch has worked at Google, F5 Networks, Amazon, an Industrial IoT startup, and State Farm Insurance, giving him a broad perspective on the... Read More →

Monday September 25, 2023 1:50pm - 2:20pm EDT
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