OSCON call for papers ends January 12!

posted Jan 9, 2012, 11:35 PM by

The call for papers for this summer's OSCon is coming to a close later this week on the 12th. Make sure you get your papers in by Thursday!

Stewart Smith to speak at LinuxConfAU 2012.

posted Dec 20, 2011, 12:37 AM by

One of the core Drizzle developers and Percona's Driector of Server Development will be speaking at LinuxConfAU in Balarat, Australia on Tuesday January 17, 2012 at 4:40 PM. 

"The Drizzle database had its first stable GA release at the start of 2011. Since then we have been working on a few features taht directly relate to be able to easily produce applications that can scale.

1) True mulitenancy.
running a database server in a Virtual Machine is an instant way to kill performance. A VM running a database server for each user doesn't scale.
Drizzle now has a concept of CATALOGs, this can give each tenant their own namespace for databases, tables and users.

2) Multi-master
Drizzle has the ability to replicate from multiple masters, enabling you to pull all your shards into one database for analytics and cross-shard queries.

3) Sharding
The Drizzle client library (libdrizzle - which can speak the MySQL protocol to Drizzle and MySQL servers) has new features to help with sharding, being able to connect to a shard, a read-only replica of a shard as well as supporting moving shards between machines and adding more capacity.

Stewart Smith joined Percona in 2011 as Director of Server Development with a deep background in database internals including MySQL, MySQL Cluster, Drizzle, InnoDB and HailDB.

Prior to joining Percona, Stewart worked at Rackspace on the Drizzle database server focusing on getting it through a critical milestone of a stable Generally Available (GA) release. Prior to Rackspace, he worked on Drizzle as a member of the CTO Labs group inside Sun Microsystems.

As one of the founding core developers of the Drizzle database server Stewart has deep expertise in the code base. He had direct involvement in significant refactoring of the database server including removing the FRM, the InnoDB storage engine, xtrabackup, the storage engine API, CATALOG support and countless bug fixes. He also maintains HailDB, a shared library offering a NoSQL C API directly to InnoDB.

At Sun Microsystems, and MySQL before that, Stewart was a Senior Software Engineer in the MySQL Cluster team working on core code and features inside the MySQL Server and the Cluster codebase working on projects such as: geographical asynchronous replication, online add node, online backup, NDBINFO for improved monitoring and the Win32 port.

He’s been found speaking at MySQL User Conferences,, OSCON, OSDC, SAGE-AU and more."

You can register for the conference here.

Stewart Smith Speaking at OSDC 2011 on Drizzle

posted Nov 18, 2011, 11:40 AM by

Stewart will be giving two talks at this year's Open Source Developers Conference in Canberra, Australia.
Both are on Friday the 18th of November.

Dropping ACID: Eating Data in a Web 2.0 Cloud World

Drizzle 7, GA and Supported: Current and Future Features

Gearman Talk and a Birds of A Feather Session at OSCON

posted Jul 21, 2011, 4:27 PM by

The Gearman project will have two events at OSCON next week, both led by Data Differential CTO, Brian Aker.

Gearman: From the Worker's Perspective

Brian Aker (Data Differential)
Location: B118-119

Many people view topics like Map/Reduce and queue systems as advanced concepts that require in-depth knowledge and time consuming software setup. Gearman is changing all that by making this barrier to entry as low as possible with an open source, distributed job queuing system.

Gearman Birds of a Feather Session

Moderated by: Brain Aker
Location: D135

A get together for those excited by the Gearman project.

Keynote by Brian Aker, Data Differential CTO at OSCON 2011

posted Jul 19, 2011, 2:56 PM by   [ updated Jul 22, 2011, 3:43 PM ]

Brian Aker, CTO of Data Differential will be giving a keynote at the Open Source Convention on July 26th.

Living In A Relational World

Brian Aker (Data Differential)
9:40am Tuesday, 07/26/2011
Location: Oregon Ballroom 203/204

Stewart Smith, core Drizzle Developer, speaking at OSCon 2011

posted Jun 15, 2011, 12:31 PM by   [ updated Jun 15, 2011, 12:45 PM ]

Stewart Smith of Percona, and one of the original Drizzle developers, will be doing an interactive talk about ACID models and protecting your data at the 2011 Open Source Convention in Portland, Oregon July 25-29. Below

Dropping ACID: Eating Data in a Web 2.0 Cloud World

Stewart Smith (Percona)
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. This is part survey, part critique of the various Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation and Durability models available from various modern databases and data stores used in modern Web and Cloud environments. We’ll not just look at the single machine solution but how these systems work in a distributed environment. We’ll cover what happens when N of your M machines running $software goes away. Is your data still there? Do you care? We'll examine: Drizzle, MySQL, MySQL Cluster (NDB), PostgreSQL, MongoDB, CouchDB, memcached, Cloud Storage, Cassandra, and what POSIX (doesn’t) give us with file systems

Brian Aker speaking at Open Source Bridge June 21-24

posted Jun 14, 2011, 4:38 PM by

There will be two talks from Data Differential CTO Brian Aker at the Open Source Bridge conference next week in Portland.

Gearman: From the Worker's Perspective

Many people view topics like Map/Reduce and queue systems as advanced concepts that require in-depth knowledge and time consuming software setup. Gearman is changing all that by making this barrier to entry as low as possible with an open source, distributed job queuing system.

Scheduled: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 from 11:00 – 11:45am in B301

Drizzle, Virtualizing and Scaling MySQL for the Future

Ever wondered what would happen if you could rethink a decade worth of design changes? Drizzle is a redesign of the MySQL server targeted at web development and optimized for Cloud applications.

Scheduled: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 from 9:00 – 9:45am in B301

OSCon BoF Session for the Gearman Community

posted Jun 1, 2011, 9:20 AM by

We just heard that the Birds of a Feather session for Gearman has been accepted for OSCon this July 28th at 7:00 pm. More details to come as they are available!

OSCon BoF session for Drizzle

posted Jun 1, 2011, 9:15 AM by   [ updated Jun 1, 2011, 9:20 AM ]

There will be a Birds of a Feather session for the Drizzle community at 7:00 pm July 27th at OSCon. More details to come!

Patrick Galbraith to speak at Percona Live

posted May 26, 2011, 11:27 AM by   [ updated May 26, 2011, 11:31 AM ]

Patrick Galbraith of Blue Gecko is giving a talk May 26 at Percona Live in New York City.

His talk will be at 2:15 in the Cafe Room.

Building Blocks of Scaling: Using Drizzle/MySQL, Memcached, Sphinx, and Gearman

"Learn how to combine key open-source technologies to scale applications through replication, caching, full-text search, and a work queue. This presentation will demonstrate a real application that uses all of these components to scale out in the cloud by breaking functionality into smaller units of computing, which work as a single system across any number of servers and provide the ability to easily expand."

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