Freakin' Fast Cassandra: How Do They Do It?

A session at SXSW Interactive 2012

Tuesday 13th March, 2012

3:30pm to 4:30pm (CST)

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.

About the speakers

This person is speaking at this event.
Ryan King

Senior Engineer, Twitter

Tech lead on the Storage team at Twitter.

This person is speaking at this event.
Tom Wilkie

Founder & VP Engineering, Acunu

Next session in Ballroom BC

5pm Scaling to Infinity: Dealing with Rocket Growth by Lee Holloway, Andrew Terng, Jeremy LaTrasse, Jeremy Edberg and Girish Patangay


Take collaborative notes on this session with hackpad


These speakers at previous events

20 attendees

  • Francesco D'Orazio
  • Alex Williams
  • Amit Malhotra
  • Andy Pressman
  • Cody Stoltman
  • Darby Frey
  • Dave Christensen
  • karen nguyen
  • Manu Marchal
  • Michiel Berger
  • morgan s. delk
  • ɹǝɯoɹʞ (dılɟ) dılıɥd
  • Michael Manoochehri
  • @r4vi
  • Ryan King
  • Lee Watson
  • Ryan Panchadsaram
  • Tom Wilkie
  • Tom Warmbrodt
  • Bora Celik

10 trackers

  • Cam Bevis
  • Carson McDonald
  • Keith Chu
  • Dan Poynor
  • Dane Knecht
  • Marko Karppinen
  • Matthew Levine
  • Jon Lawrence
  • Robert Scoble
  • Tantek Çelik

Coverage of this session

Sign in to add slides, notes or videos to this session

Sign in to track this session

Tell your friends!


Time 3:30pm4:30pm CST

Date Tue 13th March 2012


Ballroom BC, Austin Convention Center

Session type


Session Hash Tag


Short URL


View the schedule



See something wrong?

Report an issue with this session