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  • November 19, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Early NoSQL databases were designed around Eric Brewer's CAP theorem, which said "pick 2 out of 3 - consistency, availability or partition tolerance.” FoundationDB co-founder, Dave Rosenthal thinks throwing out ACID transactions was too hasty of a move for early NoSQL systems. Dave will speak to the impact of CAP on NoSQL and explore the design space of consistent systems. He'll answer the question of what price we pay for ACID transactions in a distributed system and what lays ahead for NoSQL, as systems with ACID transactions continue to gain traction. 

Attendees will also see a presentation from Centzy ( on how they implemented FoundationDB as the database behind nearly half a million businesses on their online services platform. Finally, everyone will get a chance to view FoundationDB's interactive fault tolerance demo (sneak peek here: and meet the team behind FoundationDB. Food (good food!), drinks, and FoundationDB swag will be provided! We’ll also give away a $300 Amazon gift card!

Dave Rosenthal is CEO of FoundationDB ( Dave started his career in games, building a 3D real-time strategy game with a team of high-school friends that won the 1st annual Independent Games Festival. Previously, Dave was CTO at Visual Sciences, a pioneering web-analytics company that is now part of Adobe. Dave has a degree in theoretical computer science from MIT.

NOTE: Due to building security requirements (everyone has to be on a list to get in), registration will close on the 17th.

7 - 7:30pm Meet, greet & eat

7:30 - 7:45pm - Welcome, announcements, introductions

7:45 - 8:15pm - ACID & NoSQL presentation

8:15 - 8:45pm - Centzy case study presentation

8:45 - 9pm - Q&A & gift card drawing

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  • Jaiy M.

    Hi can I get the last meetup presentation slides for a review, I am attending the upcoming meetup.


    April 10, 2014

  • Andrew S.

    Very interesting

    November 20, 2013

  • Sean M.

    Very detailed discussion of why ACID is important, why it is hard in distributed fault tolerant environments, and how FoundationDB created highly (but not perfectly) available, scalable, and performant CP database with ACID properties.

    November 20, 2013

  • Avinash V.

    Good Presentation, lots of details, nice Q&A.

    November 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it

    November 19, 2013

  • Wes F.

    the location of this group says Vienna (as such, I was notified and joined). but the meetup is New York? probably not the best way to find the people relevant to this location. (in case you want to update your location). :)

    November 1, 2013

    • FoundationDB

      Thanks for pointing that out, just updated! :)

      November 1, 2013

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