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Monday, November 18 • 10:50am - 11:20am
SlackTrace: A New Tracing Tool - Suman Karumuri, Slack

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Trace data contains very rich information about a request execution. However, current tracing tools only expose that information as a trace view or a service graph, which severely limits the questions we can ask of trace data and diminishes the utility of tracing. However, from past experience, we found that these limitations arise because unlike logs or metrics, we can’t query raw trace data.

To query raw trace data easily, we designed a new span format called SpanEvent and built our tracing infrastructure called SlackTrace around it. In addition, to presenting the trace data as a trace view and a service graph, the SpanEvent format allows us to query raw span data using SQL queries which allows us to derive rich insights from trace data that is not possible with existing tracing systems. In this talk, I will present SpanEvent format and an overview of our SlackTrace infrastructure.


Suman Karumuri

Senior Staff Engineer, Slack
Suman Karumuri is the lead for distributed tracing at Pinterest. Previously, he served as the lead for Zipkin project at Twitter. He is the author of an upcoming book Distributed Tracing from O’Reilly.

Monday November 18, 2019 10:50am - 11:20am
Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina - San Diego Room B/C 333 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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