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Apache Cassandra with Al Tobey and Kyle Kingsbury

  • Dec 17, 2013 · 6:30 PM

For this upcoming meetup event, we're pleased to be joined by Al Tobey (@AlTobey), Open Source Mechanic at DataStax, and Kyle Kingsbury (@Aphyr)

As a part of the Jepsen project to educate users about distributed consensus, Kyle has tested Cassandra's behavior with respect to consistency, isolation, and transactions. The results may be surprising.

Al will be presenting a brief introduction to Go (#golang) and Cassandra, and how they are a great fit for each other. This talk will include code samples and a live demo. 

In addition to the talks there will be, as usual, food and beverage, plenty of opportunity to have your Cassandra questions answered, meet other Cassandra users and enjoy discussions around NoSQL. 

Hope to see you there!

About Al Tobey

Al Tobey (@AlTobey) is an Open Source Mechanic at DataStax. Prior to working at DataStax, Al's worked at Ooyala as Tech Lead of Compute and Data Services. Ooyala has been using Apache Cassandra since version 0.4. Their data ingest volume has exploded since 0.4 and Cassandra has scaled along with them.

About Kyle Kingsbury 

Kyle (@Aphyr) is the author of Riemann, Meangirls, Timelike, Jepsen, and a bunch of other open-source stuff. He writes Clojure and helps monitor distributed systems at Factual.

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  • Els

    I thought the first talk was extremely interesting. More of an advanced topic, but really things that every developer on a distributed system should have in the back of his/her mind.
    Great research.

    January 30, 2014

  • John W.

    Recording available here:

    January 29, 2014

  • G Gordon Worley I.

    I liked the first talk. Although it wasn't the kind of talk I was expecting to hear at a Cassandra meetup, it's definitely relevant to anyone who has problems to solve that would lead them to potentially use Cassandra.

    As to the method of presentation, it was unconventional, sure, but it was successful: I learned some stuff and my attention was held.

    And let's not forget the second talk. Was more about Go than Cassandra, but that's cool. After all, what good is writing and reading data quickly if your code can't handle that volume of data.

    I certainly look forward to hearing more talks not just about Cassandra directly, but about things relevant to Cassandra users.

    December 19, 2013

  • Neil M.

    The first talk would have been much better if the speaker had ditched the computer and just read the presentation from a deck of cards, tossing each card away as he read it.

    1 · December 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am totally with Kyle Kingsbury - that was the weirdest talk ever. All this talk about network and partitioning isn't going to help anybody who knows what's really going on. It's definitely not going to help the next Coinbase become webscale.

    Also, buy a copy of Keynote.

    December 19, 2013

  • Peter S.

    I'm with that Kyle Kingsbury guy on this one; the first speaker, "aphyr" (if that is his real name!), didn't talk on anything that I wanted to hear about. I was really looking forward to him talking about the Cassandra Avro interface. For some reason it doesn't work any more! I also thought he was going to talk about how he uses redis as a queue in production. Instead he just showed some drawings that his kindergartner made about cats. I got the sense that he doesn't even know what vector clocks are. I give this meetup 1.5 stars only because of the sandwiches.

    December 19, 2013

  • kaveh

    With all due respect, It seems to me that the previous comments completely missed the point. although the first presentation was by no means geared toward being an introduction to Cassandra or related technologies, for the people who actually run a Cassandra cluster in production or design and develop systems around Cassandra (or any distributed storage mechanism for that matter) the issues that was mentioned are absolutely crucial. His effort to test all the mentioned scenarios across all those products was to say the least impressive. This was one of the best presentations regarding Cassandra ever. I really hope the organizer would post the video as soon as possible.

    December 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good presentation but the first speaker really rambled too much about networks; I was hoping to learn more about Thrift and CQL. Also, no offense, but the dude was kind of a douche and I just couldn't stay interested in the content. Is it too much to ask for someone to respect the audience by actually putting time into preparing for their talk?

    2/10 would not bang.

    7 · December 18, 2013

  • Subroto B.

    Good presentation, but very limited customer base for Cassandra in the Bay Area. Also, wanted to hear real-time usage/tuning/issues of the product.

    December 18, 2013

  • Dorin C.

    Went there to learn about real-world experiences of others with Cassandra and big data and didn't.

    December 18, 2013

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