Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Cassandra

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Saturday 10th March 2012

  • Netflix and Twitter: What's Under the Hood

    by Keith Zoellner, Mary Arai and Matt Pfeil

    Web 2.0 entertainment companies like Netflix, Twitter and Facebook, seem to be able to address our every need. When we search for movies we love the Netflix system immediately spits a list out. If you're a new technology enthusiast you might be like many of us scratching our heads and saying to ourselves - how'd they do that?

    Apache Cassandra is a new platform, originally coined to address the changes and challenges arising with arising from cloud computing and the need to quickly leverage ‘big data’ coming into the database from new systems, like mobile devices, GPS, point of sale devices, new media, etc.

    The benefits of Cassandra come down to elasticity, availability and scalability.

    DataStax the commercial leader in Apache Cassandra, burst onto the scene last year evangelizing the benefits of Cassandra. The company works with industry leaders and start ups alike, including Netflix and Twitter to address the real business/consumer needs.

    This session would delve deeper into the new technologies like Apache Cassandra that allow the inner geeks in all of us to answer the age old question of how'd they do that?

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Saturday 10th March

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

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Tuesday 13th March 2012

  • Freakin' Fast Cassandra: How Do They Do It?

    by Ryan King and Tom Wilkie

    Ryan King (System Engineer at Twitter) and Tom Wilkie (co-founder and VP engineering at Acunu) delve into the bowels of Apache Cassandra, the highly scalable second-generation distributed database in use at Twitter, Netflix and more others.

    In this talk, they'll look at how Cassandra works and show you how to make it growl!

    This dual session will share the journey the Cassandra team at Twitter has taken to make Cassandra deliver on its promises while Acunu will talk about the dramatic performance improvements that take place when you move some of the heavy-lifting into the Linux kernel, by using the open source storage engine for Big Data, codename Castle.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Tuesday 13th March

    In Ballroom BC, Austin Convention Center

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