Learn about columnar storage, that is column stores. Learn why it is also called "vertical partitioning" and how it can greatly improve the performance of many types of queries. There will be time for a Q/A session at the end and free beer. A number of available column stores will be discussed with a focus on open source ones.
Justin Swanhart is a Principal Support Engineer and Trainer at Percona. In the past he as worked for well known companies such as Yahoo!, Easynews, Proven Scaling and also for Kickfire, a column store pioneer for MySQL which was acquired by Teradata. Justin maintains several open source projects that use MySQL, including Shard-Query (http://shardquery.com (http://shardquery.com/)) and Flexviews (http://flexvie.ws (http://flexvie.ws/)).
6:30 - 7:00 -- Doors open/general socializing & food provided by Percona
7:00 - 7:15 -- Intro/announcements
7:15 - 8:00(ish) -- Main presentation
8:00 - 8:30 -- General discussion/Q&A/networking/etc.
8:30ish -- post-event socializing... aka beers someplace nearby
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