Flink Forward San Francisco 2018 Recap

Last month, hundreds of members of the Apache Flink and stream processing communities gathered at Flink Forward San Francisco. The data Artisans team would like to again thank all attendees, speakers, the program committee, and sponsors for making the conference a success.

In case you missed this year’s Flink Forward SF, catch up on the session recordings and corresponding slides here.

This post highlights a handful of sessions on some of the trends we observed at the conference:

  • Flink’s Impressive Scale
  • New Use Cases
  • Platformization and Optimization
  • Future of Stream Processing
  • Flink Community Growth

Impressive Scale

A number of talks shared incredible numbers with respect to the scale of their applications. They show that Apache Flink is able to power some of the most challenging stream processing use cases we’ve learned about so far.

New Use Cases

The two of the most new frequent use cases that popped up this year were Machine Learning Pipelines and Stream Processing with SQL:

Platformization and Operations

Future of Stream Processing


As always, we were happy to see many Flink users, contributors, and committers coming together to share their Flink stories. Flink Forward San Francisco 2018 gathered a large number of attendees to discuss their use cases and experiences of running Flink in production. At the end of the official program, four committers entered the stage for an Ask-Me-Anything session and talked about the future and roadmap of Flink.

We’ll be announcing the Call for Presentations for Flink Forward Berlin 2018 soon. Follow @dataArtisans to be notified when you can submit a proposal.

Once again, big thank you to our sponsors!

Tags: Apache Flink, Flink Forward