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Introduction to Database Scaling

6:15 - 6:30: Meet - Greet - Food

6:30 - 7:45: Don't Touch the Disk: A basic introduction to making your stuff scale well and run fast in production (Israel Shirk)

For developers, one of the most difficult points of optimizing an application is the difficulty of understanding how to best use different data types and storage mechanisms, and to find bottlenecks quickly and preventatively.  In this short talk, we'll cover the basics of using an RDBMS such as MySQL or SQL Server to its strengths, while combining it with the strengths of a key-value store.  Using these techniques, it's possible to serve millions of requests per day on minimal hardware, simply by better using tools that are commonly available.

Israel Shirk is the lead architect/engineer at MOJO Marketplace and is in charge of several applications which commonly burst to >1 million requests per day, while maintaining five nines of availability - without excluding maintenance windows.

7:45 - 8:00: Networking / Mingling / Raffle

Host: Volt (Jason Williams)

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  • Patrick L.

    Still need a speaker for this one. Anyone interested?

    May 20, 2014

    • Patrick L.

      That sounds like the beginning of a joke. "A WordPress user, a Joomla! user, and Drupal user walked into a bar..."

      May 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      1 · May 22, 2014

  • Israel Zion S.

    I'd be up for talking caching/DBMS strategy or choosing the right datasources. Or rambling incoherently, that's always good too.

    1 · May 21, 2014

    • Patrick L.

      I think that'd be a great topic for this month. It's something that everyone deals with and it's always interesting to get another take on it. Just send me a title and brief description and I'll update this page and send an e-mail to the group. Thanks for the offer!

      May 21, 2014

  • Joe C.

    I vote for the caching/DBMS talk

    May 21, 2014

  • Israel Zion S.

    Holler if you still need a speaker

    May 16, 2014

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