Gearman is an application framework for distributing work to other machines and processors which are better suited for the job. It can be used in a variety of applications, from high-availability web sites to the transport of database replication events. In other words, it is the nervous system for how distributed processing communicates. With things like scalability and distributed computing becoming more and more important to today’s web applications, Gearman and its PHP interface can prove quite useful to us in a variety of situations. In this talk, we’ll first have a look at what distributed processing exactly means, and then looking at what Gearman actually is and does, and how it can power up your application using the Gearman PHP extension. By showing different examples and application area’s, you’ll get a good feeling of what Gearman is capable of and why it can be a valuable asset to your next PHP project.