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The Future of Databases: NoSQL Revolution, NewSQL Evolution or Something Else?

Dave Thomas, Chief Scientist, Kx Labs & Godfather of IBM Smalltalk & Eclipse

Free t-shirts, fun foods and fun drinks (beer++), swag and more!

A Database Month event

In this talk, we will discuss the essential features, similarities and differences between the perspectives of what will be 'the database of the future' and also discuss the impact of modern hardware on database architecture and data languages.

We are currently in a time that is considered the revolution of new databases. Cutting-edge data technologies span the gamut of NoSQL, key-value stores, map reduce, graph databases, NewSQL, streaming, in-memory, distributed, replicated, etc.

Massive amounts of data exists in structured form, unstructured and schema-less. Programming models increasingly use functional programming idioms and languages such as Clojure, Scala and F# inspired by Scheme, Haskell and O'Caml.

Data architectures are also a hot topic of discussion such as ACID vs BASE, immutable database, micro-services database per service, OLTP vs the Twitter Storm Lambda Architecture, Gartner HTAP or Forrester Translytical Database.

In the last decade years there have been significant improvements in processor cost, solid state storage, high performance clusters and cloud computing. The number of cores has increased significantly, but unfortunately without tools beyond map-reduce to really make them easily accessible.

As of yet, specialized hardware such as FPGAs and GPUS have just been used for niche applications, and also have challenging programming models. More recently, CPUs have added vector instructions, however tools and programming languages have been slow to exploit them. Small-memory gigabyte machines have rapidly expanded into terabyte machines. Most recently, with 3D NVM memory we are promised massive increases in persistent memory and reduced latency.

Attend this session to learn more about the future of databases!

Dave Thomas, Chief Scientist, Kx Labs & Godfather of IBM Smalltalk & Eclipse

Dave Thomas is the Chief Scientist of Kx Labs and Co-Founder and former Chairman of Bedarra Research Labs (BRL), creators of the Ivy visual analytics workbench and ACM Distinguished Engineer. Dave is also Founder and former CEO of Object Technology International (OTI), eventually transitioning to CEO of IBM OTI Labs after its sale to IBM.

Dave is known for his contributions to Object Technology including IBM VisualAge and Eclipse IDEs, Smalltalk and Java virtual machines. Dave is a thought leader in large-scale software engineering and a founding director of the Agile Alliance.

With close links the R&D community, Dave is an adjunct research professor at Carleton University in Canada and held past positions at UQ and QUT in Australia. He has been a business and technical advisor to many technology companies including Kx Systems. Dave is founder and chairman of the YOW! Australia and Lambda Jam conferences, and is a GOTO Conference Fellow.

Swag giveaway + food/drinks at 6:30pm
Power-Networking at 6:35pm 
Presentation starts at 6:40pm

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  • Eric David B.

    Video of this event is on

    2 · April 28, 2016

  • Neel

    For folks looking, found the video, thanks for uploading:

    3 · April 28, 2016

    • Eric David B.

      Wow, you discovered the video before youtube even finished processing it, lol :)

      2 · April 28, 2016

  • Brendan K

    I would like to know for the future: were people with reservations turned away at the door? I did not RSVP or try to attend this event today.

    I went to another meetup hosted by a different group a few weeks ago and was turned away at the door with a confirmed free "ticket" and I don't want that to happen again.

    2 · April 11, 2016

    • Eric David B.

      If you RSVP, you won't be turned away :)

      1 · April 20, 2016

  • Avina

    Could you please post slides/video of the meetup? Thanks.

    April 16, 2016

  • Ram

    Please post the link to download the presentation slides

    4 · April 11, 2016

    • Andrew C.

      @Eric, is there anyway to share the presentation slides?

      1 · April 14, 2016

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will this be recorded?

    2 · April 11, 2016

  • Mike M.

    That the meeting tonight was a great discussion on past and future database ideologies. Will the presentation be available for download?

    1 · April 11, 2016

    • Gomathy

      I would definitely like to get the presentation slides.

      April 11, 2016

  • Tero P.

    What's the capacity of the Thoughtworks' meeting space?

    1 · April 10, 2016

    • Brendan K

      At least 250 probably will. It would be nice to get a confirmation of what the capacity is.

      1 · April 10, 2016

    • Larry T.

      Closer to 200 with standing room in main room; 30 to 50 more behind a clouded glass wall might be possible.

      April 10, 2016

  • Brendan K

    Since this event is so popular, is there any chance of a public live stream with a chat room for those who can't get a seat?

    9 · April 10, 2016

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