October 24, 2022 | Detroit, Michigan
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Monday, October 24 • 9:25am - 9:55am
OpenTelemetry or eBPF? That is the Question - Omid Azizi, New Relic (Pixie)

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In the observability space, OpenTelemetry and eBPF are two technologies that have been rapidly changing the landscape. So which should you use? The OpenTelemetry project provides a rich set of tools with which teams can instrument their applications, enabling deep visibility into the application behavior. eBPF, on the other hand, has been powering instrumentation-less observability through other projects like the CNCF Pixie and Hubble projects. In this environment, users often wonder which approach they should turn to. In this session, we'll cover the strengths and weaknesses of both approaches, and show how both approaches have a role to play. We'll demonstrate how eBPF observability tools can be configured to export to OpenTelemetry collectors as automatic data sources. We'll then focus on the problem of tracing, and how request tracing works with eBPF and OpenTelemetry. In this process, we'll show how eBPF has the power to avoid some manual instrumentation; in contrast, we'll show how instrumentation is still required for true distributed tracing today. The session will wrap up with a perspective into the future of the two technologies, and what is on the horizon.

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Omid Azizi

Principal Software Engineer, New Relic (Pixie)
Omid is a Principal Software Engineer at New Relic and Founding Engineer at Pixie Labs. He leads the development of Pixie's eBPF-based data collector. Prior to working on Pixie, Omid worked as a hardware architect, developing novel memory systems at Hicamp Systems as well as AI chips... Read More →

Monday October 24, 2022 9:25am - 9:55am EDT
Room 250 ABC Huntington Place: 1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226