Tech - 19/09/2016
The final day was all about how to become a true Jenkins master. The „Open Source Hub“, a booth filled with Jenkins experts and contributors, continuously showed live demos about new plugins and projects they wrote. Here I finally found the inspiration to adopt a Jenkins Plugin that is highly used within PAYBACK, but is no longer maintained. The other sessions gave a detailed insight on how to effectively prevent Jenkins instances to fail, how to setup Jenkins to deal with hundreds of team members located around the world, and how to create huge Jenkins clusters. Speaking of which, they also demoed us the worlds biggest Jenkins cluster with the astonishing amount of 2000 masters and nearly 8000 executors. Stephen Connolly,a well known Jenkins core committer and technical lead for CloudBees Jenkins Operations Center, showed us how we can do that too.
He gave some great insights how we can determine the right setup size of what we really need and where scaling with Jenkins is possible. Even the Developer Infrastructure group at Google was there to
present their journey deploying a large-scale Jenkins installation. In between sessions, there were a lot of fun activities you could participate in. CloudBees managed to get the CommitStrip team to Jenkins World, creating some live drawings and even a a giant collaborative mural painting. Thomas, the writer and Etienne, the cartoonist, teamed up with a few Jenkins contributors to design a 5m x 2m mural which was painted by the attendees. Finally CloudBees invited us for a „Farewell Get-Together“ for all international attendees in an original California style casino to say goodbye and plan what we will accomplish until next year.