Jun 9, 2021
5 min read

Keynotes Announced for Pulsar Virtual Summit North America 2021

Carolyn King
Former VP of Growth, StreamNative

Pulsar Virtual Summit North America 2021 is just around the corner! The event, hosted by StreamNative and Splunk, will be held online June 16-17th.

The conference will feature Apache Pulsar adopters, committers, and contributors from around the globe. Talks will include tech deep dives, adoption stories, best practices, and insights into Pulsar’s global adoption and thriving community. Here are a handful of the companies presenting at the summit:

multiple logoof companies like tencent, narvr or flipkart

Save your seat NOW to get the latest Pulsar project and ecosystem updates, use cases, and best practices!


This year the Pulsar Virtual Summit North America 2021 will feature 5 keynotes and 33 breakout sessions. Below is a sneak peak into the insights and use cases from our keynotes.

1. Apache Pulsar: Why Unified Messaging and Streaming Is the Future

Presented by Sijie Guo, Pulsar PMC Member and CEO @ StreamNative, and Matteo Merli, Pulsar PMC Chair and CTO @ StreamNative

Data insights and data-driven strategies create the competitive differentiators companies thrive off today. The need for unified messaging and streaming has never been more apparent.

Pulsar started with the goal of building a global, geo-replicated infrastructure to serve Yahoo!’s messaging needs. With the increased need to process both business events (such as payment request, billing request) and operational events (such as log data, click events, etc), the team at Yahoo! set out to build a true unified infrastructure platform to handle all in-motion data. That technology became Apache Pulsar.

In this talk, Matteo Merli and Sijie Guo will dive into the landscape of unified messaging and streaming, how Pulsar helps companies achieve this vision, and what the future of Pulsar will look like.

2. Advanced Stream Processing with Flink and Pulsar

Presented by Till Rohrmann, Flink PMC Member and Engineering Lead @ Ververica, and Addison Higham, Pulsar Committer and Chief Architect @ StreamNative

In this talk, Till Rohrmann and Addison Higham discuss how Flink allows for ambitious stream processing workflows and how Pulsar and Flink enable new capabilities that push forward the state-of-the-art in streaming. They will also share upcoming features and new capabilities in the integrations between Flink and Pulsar and how these two communities are working together to truly advance the power of stream processing.

3. Scaling Apache Pulsar to 10 Petabytes/Day

Presented by Karthik Ramasamy, Senior Director of Engineering @ Splunk

Pulsar is used by a portfolio of products at Splunk for stream processing of different types of data, including metrics and logs. In this talk, Karthik Ramasamy will share how Splunk helped a flagship customer scale a Pulsar deployment to handle 10 PB/day in a single cluster. He will talk about the journey, the challenges faced, and the trade-offs made to scale Pulsar and operate it reliably and stably in Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

4. Why Micro Focus Chose Pulsar for Data Ingestion

Presented by Srikanth Natarajan, Micro Focus Fellow and CTO @ the ITOM Product Group

Modern IT and application environments are increasingly complex, transitioning to cloud, and large in scale. The managed resources, services and applications in these environments generate tremendous data that needs to be observed, consumed and analyzed in real time (or later) by management tools to create insights and to drive operational actions and decisions.

In this talk, Srikanth Natarajan will share Micro Focus’ adoption story of Pulsar, including being a part of the Apache Pulsar community, working with the StreamNative team, and the lessons learned in their Pulsar journey.

5. How Narvar Uses Pulsar to Power the Post-Purchase Experience

Presented by Ankush Goyal, VP and Head of Engineering @ Narvar

Narvar provides a customer experience platform for some of the largest retailers on the planet - from Levi’s, Patagonia, Home Depot, to Sonos - and its technology is used by millions of users every day. Narvar’s platform is built with pub-sub messaging at its core, making reliability, scalability, maintainability, and flexibility business critical. In this talk, Ankush Goyal will discuss why Narvar adopted Pulsar and how Narvar is leveraging Pulsar today.

Register Now

Don’t miss the best opportunity to learn from top Pulsar thought leaders. Register now to participate and connect with the Pulsar community at the summit. We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday!

You can find the full schedule here.

Carolyn King
Carolyn has dedicated the past 15 years to helping companies develop growth strategies to drive customer acquisition and revenue. At StreamNative, she leads all things growth, including global Marketing and Community, global Training and Documentation, Developer Relations and Sales for the US and EMEA. She holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson and a BA in Business-Economics from UCLA. Carolyn lives in Santa Monica, California.


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