Hugh McKee: Akka Cluster and Akka Typed Deep Dive and a Bit of Eye Candy



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5:30-5:45: Announcements

5:45-7:15: Akka Cluster and Akka Typed Deep Dive

You may have heard about the actor model. You may have played with the actor model, but for whatever reason, the opportunity was not there to move forward with it. Well, here is your chance to take a look at the actor model with a set of four Java projects that run Akka clusters. In this talk, we will install, run, and examine in detail a set of example projects. We will explore the code and translate it into what is happening in running clusters.

The projects progressively grow from a basic simple cluster with a few simple actors to actors that message each other across the network, to cluster singleton actors, and finally to cluster sharding. We will also take a look at one of the newest Akka features, Akka Typed.

As a bonus, each project includes a bit of UI eye candy in the form of a web dashboard that will help you gain some institution about the mechanics of Akka and what is happening inside running clusters.

A key takeaway of this talk is that you can download, build, run, and play with each of the projects covered in the talk on your own. Each project also includes a web dashboard that visualizes cluster changes as they happen.

About Hugh McKee

Hugh McKee is a developer advocate at Lightbend. He has had a long career building applications that evolved slowly, that inefficiently utilized their infrastructure, and were brittle and prone to failure. That all changed when he started building reactive, asynchronous, actor-based systems. This radically new way of building applications rocked his world. As an added benefit, building application systems became way more fun than it had ever been. Now he is focused on helping others to discover the significant advantages and joys of building responsive, resilient, elastic, message-driven applications.

You can find Hugh on Twitter @mckeeh3 (

7:15-7:30 Q & A

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