What The GIL Means For Containers

Sat September 05, 10:25 AM–10:50 AM • Back to program
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The Python Global Interpreter Lock is an eternal monster under the bed of developers, but it doesn't need to be. This talk will teach you how to take the GIL into account when deploying and scaling Python applications in containers: what it means for ops teams, how to design a good Python deployment, and how to ensure it isn't negatively impacting your systems.

This talk covers a very basic introduction to the Python Global Interpreter Lock from the point of view of container operations and deployment, along with the knowledge and tools to architect high quality Python application infrastructure. This includes how various application servers interact with the GIL, what problems is causes from an ops-centric point of view, and best practices for running Python applications efficiently and at scale despite the limitations.

Noah Kantrowitz He/him

Noah Kantrowitz is a web developer turned infrastructure automation enthusiast, and all around engineering rabble-rouser. By day he runs infrastructure at Geomagical/IKEA and by night he makes candy and stickers. He is an active member of the DevOps community, and enjoys merge commits, cat pictures, and beards.