Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2011 about Cassandra

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Sunday 13th March 2011

  • Embracing NoSQL - Your First Cassandra Project

    by Ryan King, Jared Carroll, Rudy Jahchan, Michael Wynholds and Rob Pak

    What is Cassandra? What is NoSQL? Why are sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google and Digg all using these new technologies? And what does that mean to me?

    The popularity of the NoSQL movement has exploded in the last year or two, as a number of these non-traditional data storage systems have gone from experimental curiosities to powerful production-ready engines that power the largest real-time social networking sites on the Web.

    Born out of Facebook, Cassandra is one of super-hot players in this new movement. We recently had an opportunity to build a new social networking site using it for the first time, and we want to share what we learned.

    In this presentation:

    • You will discover the NoSQL movement and the big players who lead it.
    • You will learn both *how* and *why* you should build your site using Cassandra.
    • You will understand what Cassandra offers, and how it differs from traditional databases as well as other NoSQL competitors like CouchDB and MongoDB.
    • You will walk through real code examples that can help you bootstrap your own Cassandra project.
    • You will see where we stumbled along the way, so you can avoid making the same mistakes.

    Code samples are in Ruby on Rails.

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 3:30pm to 6:00pm, Sunday 13th March

    In Capitol E-H, Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

Monday 14th March 2011

  • The Cassandra Database: When Performance Meets Scalability

    by Jonathan Ellis

    Faced with the costs of vertically scaling their relational database systems, developers are increasingly turning to Apache Cassandra as an alternative. Cassandra solves the scaling problem by partitioning data, expanding horizontally and promising replication consistency. Effectively utilizing Cassandra requires that developers take different approaches to the ways they model data used in their applications. This presentation will explain how Cassandra achieves scale and reliability, and give an example of porting a SQL schema to Cassandra.

    LEVEL: Advanced

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Monday 14th March

    In Town Lake Ballroom, Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin-Town Lake

  • Big Data for Everyone (No Data Scientists Required)

    by Eric Sammer, Steve Watt, Stu Hood, ɹǝɯoɹʞ (dılɟ) dılıɥd and Matt Pfeil

    Big Data solutions, such as Apache Hadoop and Apache Cassandra, are growing up and are in the process of moving out of a grassroots movement to widespread adoption. Unfortunately, the majority of the technical expertise still lies in the hands of the open source project contributors and most solutions are tackled from the bottom up, starting with the technical problems. The collateral that is presently available is largely from the social media giants that tout solutions built using 10,000 node clusters that process petabytes of data a day. The reality? The average person just cannot relate or intuitively draw parallels to their own business problems.

    While Big Data solutions are worthwhile far before you reach petabyte scale data, just getting started can be a challenge in itself. New open source projects are being regularly released that tackle a variety of issues related to Big Data, some of which are just slightly different to existing technologies. Just how does one navigate the plethora of technologies to design workable solutions to business problems? What if you only have gigabytes or terabytes of "medium" data on a small cluster? This panel features Solution Architects from a variety of key companies in the Big Data space which will provide deep dive technical discussions on real solutions we've employed for our customers, across a variety of industries, starting with the business problems.

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Monday 14th March

    In Town Lake Ballroom, Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin-Town Lake

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