Christopher Grainger

Founder and CTO at Amplified

Chris is the co-founder and CTO of Amplified. Prior to founding Amplified, Chris was an economist and researcher focusing on the application of deep learning methodologies to innovation econometrics. Chris is also a loving father, having won his family’s annual ‘Father of the Year’ competition five years running.

A Year in Production with Machine Learning on the BEAM

Using FLAME and Oban for ETL

FLAME (Fleeting Lambda Application for Modular Execution) is a new approach to Lambda architectures, copying your entire app for fast and easy execution on short-lived architecture.

At Amplified, we’ve migrated our ETL (extract, transform, load) from multiple apps across multiple clouds using RabbitMQ as an event bus to go all in on a monolithic architecture using FLAME and Oban.

Consolidating into a monolith using this combination has permitted us to dramatically simplify our codebase, making it easier to leverage the built-in conveniences of Phoenix and LiveView like Phoenix.PubSub. This gave us the freedom and confidence to build ETL-driven features that integrate tightly with our SaaS app, including real-time updates for our users.

This talk will focus on the transition from building infrastructure for the BEAM towards building infrastructure with the BEAM. FLAME offers a new paradigm for ‘BEAMOps’, and this talk will highlight emergent patterns and benefits.

Key Takeaways:

  • How FLAME and Oban can be leveraged to simplify infrastructure as code, integrate infrastructure provisioning into application code, and more easily build real-time features for end users.

Target Audience:

  • Anyone who works with infrastructure as code and wishes they could drive more from their application code. Anyone who wants to simplify their stack and consolidate their codebase.