I caught Facebook - Needle in a Haystack: Efficient Storage of Billions of Photos on Flowgram. First up, I’m not a big fan of Flowgrams - the format is sensible, slide and voice, is excellent, but the delivery in a web browser isn’t optimal… make downloadable videos!
The talk however, was excellent. Do watch it, and learn a bit more about Facebook’s infrastructure. Anyway, some notes I took from the talk:
- “We’re one of the largest MySQL installations in the world”
- Use memcache - “We have memcache because databases aren’t fast” (later on in the questions)
- Separate team focusing on APE (Apache, PHP and Extensions that they work on)
- 6.5 billion total images, 4-5 sizes stored for each, so 30 billion files, of