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Horizontal Scaling with HiveDB
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At the MySQL Conference & Expo 2008, Britt Crawford and Justin McCarthy, both from Cafepress.com, gave us a very interesting talk on scaling with HiveDB. I took a few notes (pasted below), their slides are online (warning: 6.1MB PDF), and if you’re after their abstract its available as well.

I also took a video of them (refer to Slide 12, for the IRC conversation):

The quick notes:

  • OLTP optimised (as it serves cafepress.com)
  • Cannot lock tables, or take it offline
  • Constant response time is more important than low latency (little slower query is ok, just
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How does ape transition to man? (or at least coder)
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By drinking “Brainiac” at Google of course.

All my photos from the Conference Here

Baron Schwartz on a podcast at MySQL Conference and Expo 2008
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I did an interview with Barton George from Sun while I was at the conference last week. Barton has now posted the interview. If you’re quick, you can listen to it before I do.

Topics: everything and anything, including Maatkit and PostgreSQL.

Baron Schwartz, Barton George, maatkit, mysqluc08, mysqluc2008, Podcast, Sun
Like it or not, it is the MySQL Conference and Expo
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The conference that many of us just went to is called the MySQL Conference and Expo, but a lot of people don’t call it that. They call it by the name it had in 2006 and earlier: MySQL User’s Conference. In fact, some people say (or blog) that they dislike the new name and they’re going to call it the old name, because [… insert reason here…].

I call it by the new name that some people dislike so much. Why? Because it is a conference and expo, not a user’s conference. There’s no reason to pretend otherwise. The conference is organized and owned by MySQL, not the users. It isn’t a community event. It isn’t about you and me first and foremost. It’s about a company trying to successfully build a business, and other companies paying to be sponsors

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mySQL uc2008 presentation
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Read this doc on Scribd: Record every Referral for Flickr Realtime
MySQL UC 2008 Presentations
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Since I wasn’t able to get to this year’s MySQL UC (employer change caused problems with US visa obtaining and I didn’t get visa in time) I’m really interested in all presentations people are posting after their sessions. I decided to collect them all in one place and would like to share with others - maybe someone will find it interesting to read what people have to say about many interesting aspects of MySQL usage.

So, I’ve created a folder in my Scribd.com account which you could use (and track using RSS readers) to find out what interesting presentations were published. You can use either my account or mysqluc08 folder there. One more possible option to track mysqluc

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More MySQL UC 08 Videos
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Hopefully you can’t get enough of the UC08 videos (and thanks to Sheeri for the link with the full Jonathan keynote video), so Zack has managed to get some most posted.

This morning, we learned what it meant to be a pirate in terms of patents, copyright and now politics with the Pirate Party. Don’t let the scary name put you off - these guys are about making all of us consumers (of software, video, audio, books, etc.) more in control of information. Please support these guys by visiting Piratpartiet.se.

Next we had the Scalability Panel with representatives from Facebook, Fotolog, Sun,

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MySQL UC 08 Keynote Videos
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I’m pleased to say that I was able to see these in the flesh, but if you aren’t lucky enough to be here (or just want to watch them again), Zack has posted up videos on YouTube of the opening keynote presentations:

Sadly these are only snippets, but if you like what you see, make sure to book your place for next year’s conference early!

Notes from Falcon from the beginning
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Here is the quick notes from the session Falcon from the beginning by Jim Starkey and Ann Harrison

  • Why Falcon
    • Hardware is evolving rapidly, world is changing, so taking advantage
    • Customers need ACID transactions
  • Where hardware is going
    • CPUS breed like rabbits (more sockets, cores, threads/core)
    • Memory is bigger, faster and cheaper
    • Disks are bigger and cheaper but not much faster
    • In general boxes are getting cheaper
  • Where applications are going
    • batch - dead
    • timesharing - dead
    • departmental computing - dead
    • client server - fading fast
    • application servers for most of us
    • web services for the really big buys
  • Database Challenges
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    Watching what you say?
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    Marten has opened the 2008 MySQL Conference and Expo this morning in Santa Clara.

    What was funny in the early slides was the photo showing the burning of the IPO Prospectus. Marten mentioned now with many Sun lawyers in the audience he has to be more careful what to say.

    This morning while coming down for breakfast, a Sun employee entered the lift. I introduced myself, and he indicated he knew me by name. When I asked what department he was in, he said “legal”. Being intrigued as to who he knew me, I’d discovered he has read my emails and blog posts.

    I must admit I’ve met a number of new people this week and the first word has been “Oh!”, as in they have heard of my name previously.

    These have been unexpected responses and information for me, I’m not normally surprised like this. I’ll not be changing what

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    Trying out Google App Engine
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    I got my registration for Google App Engine this morning after being Waitlisted previously.

    Between flying for about 15 hrs tomorrow and then the 2008 MySQL Conference & Expo where I’m presenting and running an Exhibitors booth, fat chance I’ll get to look into this much over the next week.

    Pity!

    My role at PrimeBase Technologies now in the news
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    Ronald Bradford,
    Chief Operating Officer (COO),
    PrimeBase Technologies

    The official press release of my commencement at PrimeBase Technologies can be now found at
    Ronald Bradford strengthens management team and new open source initiative.

    I’m very excited to be the COO, that’s Chief Operating Officer, rather impressive if you say it out loud a few times. My close friends and MySQL colleagues in the know in New York were also most impressed I’ve made CxO status during celebrations in recent previous weeks. My title was under wraps until I’d started.

    What does COO mean at PrimeBase Technologies? I’m being charged with a number of things. I will responsible for the new Business Solutions division which



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    MySQL Community Photo Day Prizes
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    I forgot to mention in Support the MySQL Community Photo Day that PrimeBase Technologies is providing 3 prizes for the best photos uploaded.

    First Prize $150 Amazon Gift Voucher Second Prize $100 Amazon Gift Voucher Third Prize $50 Amazon Gift Voucher

    So, take your photo with other community supporters — they’ll also be wearing their open source t-shirts. You can upload photos to www.flickr.com/groups/mysqlcommunityphotoday.

    The pursuit of a synchronous world
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    Well at least your MySQL database world.

    As Paul eluded to, PrimeBase Technologies has a project to provide synchronous replication for MySQL in a High Availability environment. It is more then an idea, there is a plan.

    Is it possible?
    What are the use cases?
    How can you use it?
    Would you use it?

    Some input to date. We need these questions and more, and we seeking more input for discussion.

    Unfortunately the opportunity to hear any input during a presentation is left to the last day of the conference, so we have created a BoF session on Tuesday night for a round table discussion if necessary. We encourage people to bring specific cases and situations for feedback, the reasons why MySQL Replication, MySQL Cluster, DRBD/HeatBeat or any other solution does not satisfy your needs, and




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    Support the MySQL Community Photo Day
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    Updated On good advice from Sheeri I made a few comments clearer.

    We have proposed that the integral “MySQL Community Photo Day” be on Thursday April 17 2008, the final day of the MySQL Users Conference.

    Wear a t-shirt from an open source community project on Thursday, whether a PrimeBase PBXT one or your favorite open source project (of course I prefer the first option). Get your photo taken with the masses of community supporters. If your not attending this year, this doesn’t mean you can’t also contribute a photo yourself from what location you are from. Save a saving fund for next year but get us a photo.

    It doesn’t have to just be Thursday, we will accept photos at any time before then. Upload a photo and win a prize. (Baron you definitely get chocolate)
    We have created a Flickr group called “MySQL Community Photo Day” at

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    Storage Engines at the MySQL Conference
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    I’ll be following closely the progression of Storage Engines available in the MySQL Database server, well soon to be available when 5.1 gets to GA (hopefully by end of Q2 which is what we have been told). Tick, Tick, time is running out.

    PrimeBase XT (PBXT) and Blob Streaming is obviously my clear focus, actually now working for PrimeBase Technologies, the company which I want to note for people is an Open Source company, committed at providing an open source alternative to the other commercial players. You also have at the MySQL Conference talks on the the existing InnoDB from Innobase (a subsidiary of market RDBMS leader Oracle). There is a

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    Come and get a t-shirt at UC2008
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    Here I am at my desk sporting the PrimeBase supporters t-shirt that will be available at the exhibitors booth at the 2008 MySQL Conference. The front is rather uneventful with the official logo, but the back will be worth the experience. So everybody interested in supporting PBXT as the transactional storage engine for MySQL developed by the community and for the community, please come and see us and mention the secret password.

    We have been placed way back in the right hand side of the exhibitors hall at booth 518, in front of the Open Source and OEM providers.

    Learning SEO the painful way
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    Indeed I have a goal of launching a consolidated site of my online presence at ronaldbradford.com at some time soon, and even now I have found I’ve made some SEO 101 mistakes, just in my testing site, and my temporary placeholder.

    As a database expert I see plenty of database 101 mistakes with most clients, so part of why my site is going nowhere is I don’t want to make SEO 101 mistakes, especially as I’m not launching a new site, but a migration of existing content to one site.

    I see nobody at O’Reilly has made improvements to the redirection mess of the MySQL Conference website as described by Farhan Mashraqi in Someone please change mysqlconf.com redirection, and so rather then linking to

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    Companies speaking at UC2008
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    The Conference Speakers of the 2008 MySQL Conference provides some common and interesting names of companies not common in MySQL circles such as eBay, Microsoft Corporation, HP, Symantec. I see speakers outside of MySQL from countries including USA, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Japan and Australia.

    I did some data analysis of the speakers list. There are 150 speakers, there are 45 from MySQL. Other companies with multiple speakers include Sun Microsystems, Kickfire, Linbit, Cafepress, Open Query, Proven Scaling, Standford Linear Accelerate Center, UC Berkeley, Siz Apart, The Hive, Zmanda, MySQL Performance Blog, Infobright, Digg, Grazr and of course PrimeBase Technologies.

    Only two MySQL speakers have listed “MySQL/Sun” the rest are “MySQL”. I wonder

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    Upcoming 2008 MySQL Conference
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    It’s just three weeks now before the 2008 MySQL Conference. Good to see my mug shot on the front page (see screen shot below).

    I will still be presenting my session Top 20 DB Design Tips Every Architect Needs to Know, however as a departing MySQL Employee I’ve had to give up the chance to present the “MySQL for Oracle DBA’s Bootcamp” tutorial, content that I developed for MySQL specifically and have already presented three one day seminars in New York, San Francisco and Washington DC.
    Update March 26 2008. I should clarify that I notified MySQL as part of my exit items that I would not be able to present the Tutorial. I would very much like to, and being the

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    Send your employees to the MySQL Conference
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    A lot of people contact me asking if I’m looking for a job. (I have an unanswered email in my inbox right now.) People are looking desperately for qualified, knowledgeable MySQL professionals. There’s a critical shortage of people who can admin MySQL moderately well, much less at the guru level.

    If you are one of the many who are trying to hire a MySQL DBA, you should send your employees to the MySQL Conference and Expo. Not just this year — every year. Train a smart person instead of trying to hire someone who’s ready to go now.

    This is the unfortunate reality: MySQL’s popularity has caused demand to far exceed supply. That’s what happens when a great disruptive innovation takes hold.

    What do you do in the meantime?

    If you just need a little help,

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    Remember to sign up for MySQL Conference and Expo!
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    You have only a few more days to sign up for the MySQL Conference and Expo before the early-bird discount goes away. Check out the schedule of speakers and tutorials, and sign up soon! And just in case you didn't get one from any of the other people blogging about it, you can email me for a code that's good for a 20% discount.

    I'm presenting two sessions: one on the query cache, and one on EXPLAIN. Both are manageable for an hour-or-so talk. I'm not trying to boil the ocean, but rather to help you understand these important topics in ways you'll remember after leaving the conference.

    I was also on the voting committee for the proposals, so I've read them all. I really believe this event is worth every penny. (Of course, as a

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