Protect Your Users with Circuit Breakers

The inevitability of failures is the bane of scaling any modern web service and can cause serious pain for end users! Lucky for us, there are techniques that can help protect your product handle failures in subsystems gracefully. This talk will dive into one of these in depth, the Circuit Breaker pattern, and explore the options it gives us for keeping our users safe.

We will be focusing on several real-world problems and how they can be addressed by circuit breakers. You should expect to leave the talk with details on simple circuit breakers as well as understanding how they can be adapted for more complex situations. We’ll also discuss some options for how to implement your circuit breaker in readable Python.

About Scott Triglia


Scott Triglia is the Tech Lead for Yelp’s Transaction Platform team, which enables users to transact with Yelp’s extensive set of businesses through many third party providers. He helped architect Yelp’s nearby recommendation engine and was the chief maintainer of business and search geocoding. Previously, Scott received a Masters in Computer Science from UC Irvine.