April 23, 2013

Lucasfilm at Merge 2013: Using the Force of Proxies

MERGE User Conference

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We’re known for the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movie franchises, but few people realize how much Lucasfilm uses the Force: Perforce. As Primary Perforce Administrator at Lucasfilm Entertainment Company Ltd, I’ve been working with the force for over 10 years. At the Merge 2013 conference, I’ll explain the art of using Perforce proxies over a high-latency network to share large amounts of data halfway around the world.

Though my primary motivation to speak on this topic was free admission to the conference, on a more serious note, we thought that this clever yet simple solution to global collaboration could help others.

If I had to boil my talk down to three points, they’d be:

  1. Think outside the box (hint: Down with TCPIP).
  2. Leverage existing infrastructure.
  3. Don't be a slave to your protocol.

In summary, we eat data for lunch. Learn how at Merge 2013, The Perforce Conference.