August 24

This week, we’ll be diving into Amazon Lambda, which is probably my favorite Amazon service. Lambda runs code on demand and charges for run time. All previous hosting models charged for capacity and availability. Since Lambda includes high availability and massive scalability from the start, it has the potential to dramatically speed up applications and reduce costs.

All labs will be held in room 1009 of the Mechanical Engineering Lab. Please register to reserve your spot. Computers in the lab will be available for use, or you may bring a laptop if you prefer.

Please email aws-support@illinois.edu if you have any questions or suggestions for future topics.

Web Hosting with S3 and CloudFront (Lab, 9:00 – 10:00)

This lab will walk you through hosting a simple static web site on S3, delivered through CloudFront, Amazon’s global content delivery network. This is a great way to offload delivery of static assets (images, scripts, style sheets) from your web server while speeding up page loads and lowering costs.

AWS Lambda Introduction (Lab, 10:00 – 11:30)

Building on S3 and CloudFront as a content delivery system, this lab will demonstrate how to trigger a Lambda function to generate a thumbnail automatically when a new image object is uploaded to S3.

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