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Posts by Glauber Costa

Sep12

Migrating from DynamoDB to Scylla’s DynamoDB-compatible API

This article presents the extensions done to the Scylla Migrator to also support data movement between an existing DynamoDB installation and Scylla.

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Sep5

Time-Based Anti-Patterns for Caching Time-Series Data

In this article we will explore one IoT/time-series classical scenario in which knowledge of how the cache operates can mean the difference between a fully cached workload that will be fast, and a fully storage-bound workload that will of course perform much worse.

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May28

AWS new I3en Meganode – Bigger Nodes for Bigger Data

AWS new I3en Meganode - Bigger Nodes for Bigger Data

The I3en family is a class of instances clearly targeted at storage-intensive workloads, but CPUs are still needed to process that data. The largest of the I3en, i3en.24xlarge, ships with 48 cores of the Xeon Platinum 8175M, clocking at 2.50GHz.

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May17

The ZombieLoad Pragmatist: Tips for Surviving in a Post-Meltdown World

ZombieLoad Survival Guide

Security-conscientious developers and infrastructure maintainers can protect against side-channel attacks by minimizing the amount of shared infrastructure. This means VMs and Container infrastructure. This was always a theoretical concern, but the new flaws catapult this front and center to the main stage.

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May2

Going Head-to-Head: Scylla Cloud vs. Google Cloud Bigtable

Scylla Cloud vs. Bigtable

In this article, we will compare Scylla Cloud and Google Cloud Bigtable. We show that Scylla Cloud is one-fifth the cost of Cloud Bigtable under optimal conditions (perfect uniform distribution) and that when applied to Zipfian distribution, the difference grows to 25x.

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Mar27

Best Practices for Scylla Applications

Scylla Best Practices

So you heard about Scylla and its superior performance. Maybe you have experience with Apache Cassandra, and are wondering what parts of that experience will you reuse and what you may have to learn anew. Or maybe you’re coming from a totally different background and want to know how to make Scylla fit best into your application environment. In this article we will cover in detail ten basic principles that help users succeed with Scylla. Some of them are also applicable to Apache Cassandra, and some stand in contrast to Cassandra recommendations. Free your mind, and read on! 1. Monitor […]

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Feb14

The Complex Path for a Simple Portable Python Interpreter, or Snakes on a Data Plane

Snakes on a Data Plane

We needed a Python interpreter that can be shipped everywhere. You won’t believe what happened next! “When I said I wanted portable Python, this is NOT what I meant!” In theory, Python is a portable language. You can write your script locally and distribute it to other machines with the Python interpreter. In practice, things can go wrong for a variety of reasons. The first and simpler problem is the module system: for a script to run, all of the modules it uses must be installed. For Python-savvy users, installing them is not a problem. But for a software vendor […]

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Jan22

Improved Performance in Scylla Open Source 3.0: Streaming and Hinted Handoffs

Improved Performance in Scylla 3.0

Scylla Open Source 3.0 is a landmark release for ScyllaDB: Materialized Views and Secondary Indexes are production-ready, and Scylla Open Source 3.0 can now read and write the Cassandra 3.x SSTable (“mc”) format. In addition, Scylla Open Source 3.0 provides a variety of performance improvements to existing functionality. In this article we will explore the nature of a pair of those performance improvements, and the scenarios in which Scylla users can expect to see a significant performance gain. Streaming When one Scylla node needs to transfer data to another, it undertakes a process called streaming. This happens when a new […]

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Sep26

Performance Improvements in Scylla 2.3

Scylla 2.3 was just recently released, and you can read more about that here. Aside from the many interesting feature developments like improved support for materialized views and hardware enablement like native support for AWS i3.metal baremetal instance, Scylla 2.3 also delivers even more performance improvements on top of our already industry-leading performance. Most of the performance improvements center around three pillars: Improved CPU scheduling, with more work being tagged and isolated The result of a diligent search for latency-inducing events, known as reactor stalls, particularly in the Scylla cache and in the process of writing SSTables A new, redesigned […]

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Jul23

Let’s meet at the Scylla Summit 2018!

scylla summit 2018

  We are excited to host our third annual Scylla Summit this year, and we would love to see you there. We had a very successful summit last year. Our growing community had the opportunity to hear firsthand from Scylla users about their success and also from our engineers about the underlying architecture that enables us to deliver predictable low latencies at high throughput out of the box. What’s coming on our product roadmap? We’ll talk about that too! Just in case you’d to see the kind of content we had at last year’s Summit, we’ve made the recordings available […]

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