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Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics: Using Mozilla's Heka project for log and event stream processing

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1731 SE 10th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214, US (map)
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Portland Linux/Unix Group Advanced Topics Meeting Announcement

Who: Nathan Williams
What: Using Mozilla's Heka project for log and event stream processing
Where: Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Avenue, Portland (Left Entrance)
When: Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 at 7pm
Why: The pursuit of technology freedom
Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

Talk: A Practical Introduction to Scalable Stream Processing with Heka and how the log and event processing system at Treehouse has evolved from a typical Elasticsearch/Logstash/Kibana setup into a Heka-based system. We will also discuss the why behind this move and where we are headed.

Heka is an open source stream processing software system developed by Mozilla. Heka is a “Swiss Army Knife” type tool for data processing, useful for a wide variety of different tasks, such as:

  • Loading and parsing log files from a file system.

  • Accepting statsd type metrics data for aggregation and forwarding to upstream time series data stores such as graphite or InfluxDB.

  • Launching external processes to gather operational data from the local system.

  • Performing real time analysis, graphing, and anomaly detection on any data flowing through the Heka pipeline.

  • Shipping data from one location to another via the use of an external transport (such as AMQP) or directly (via TCP).

  • Delivering processed data to one or more persistent data stores.


Nathan is a sysadmin by trade who's been into Linux, automation and data for the last 10 years and is currently working at Treehouse as a systems developer.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab at 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd. after the meeting.

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