An Activision Developer Is Talking At The Open-Source Summit... About Kafka Tuning
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Events on 29 August 2018 at 07:28 AM EDT. 4 Comments
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At this week's Open-Source Summit in Vancouver is a presentation by an Activision developer talking about Call of Duty performance but sadly it's not what may come to mind.

Activision sadly isn't doing a native Linux port of their popular Call of Duty game series but rather is talking about it at the Open-Source Summit in regards to building extendable data pipelines. Yeah, I got excited too when seeing "Activision" and "Call of Duty" at this week's Linux Foundation event but it's just in regards to their back-end infrastructure.


From this week's slide deck... It's certainly not what we expected when seeing Activision at the Linux Foundation 2018 Open-Source Summit.


Activision is making use of the Apache Kafka as part of their back-end server infrastructure for the Call of Duty games and more. Kafka is the distributed streaming platform for building real-time data pipelines that can scale horizontally and is fault-tolerant.

The presentation by Activision's Yaroslav Tkachenko shares tuning / best practices and other recommendations. The presentation is being held tomorrow (30 August) in Vancouver but for those interested in Kafka, the PDF slide deck is already available.

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