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Posts by Peter Corless

Mar20

Discord, on the Joy of Opinionated Systems

Discord and Scylla

Mark Smith, Director of Engineering at Discord, manages the infrastructure team for the company that powers community across the gaming industry. Last May, when the company turned three years old, Discord boasted a user base of 130 million registered users. That compared to 45 million the year before, marking a three-fold increase in users in a single year. By the time of this writing, in March 2019, the provider of free voice and text chat focused on Internet gaming had grown its user base to over 250 million users worldwide, and thus is well on its way towards doubling in […]

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Mar14

From SAP to Scylla: Tracking the Fleet at GPS Insight

From SAP to Scylla: Tracking the Fleet at GPS Insight

“Scylla is the ideal database for IoT in the industry right now. Especially without the garbage collection that Cassandra has. Small footprint. It just does what you need it to do.” — Doug Stuns, GPS Insight Doug Stuns began his presentation at Scylla Summit 2018 by laying out his company’s goals. Founded in 2004, GPS Insight now tracks more than 140,000 vehicles and assets. The company collects a wide variety of data for every one of those vehicles. Battery levels, odometer readings, hard stops, acceleration, vehicle performance, emissions, and GPS data to determine route efficiency. By the time Doug was […]

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Feb20

ValuStor — a memcached alternative built on Scylla

Derek Ramsey, Software Engineering Manager at Sensaphone, gave an overview of ValuStor at Scylla Summit 2018. Sensaphone is a maker of remote monitoring solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Their products are designed to watch over your physical plant and equipment — such as HVAC systems, oil and gas infrastructure, livestock facilities, greenhouses, food, beverage and medical cold storage. Yet there is a lot of software behind the hardware of IIoT. ValuStor is an example of ostensible “hardware guys” teaching the software guys a thing or two. Overview and Origins of ValuStor Derek began his Scylla Summit talk […]

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Feb1

Meshify and Scylla: an Industrial-Strength IoT Solution

Sam Kenkel, Meshify

This is a story about the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). But one that began long before the Internet was invented. It was early afternoon on March 2nd, 1854, when a careless accident led to the the explosion of the main boiler at the Fales & Gray Car Factory in Hartford, Connecticut. Nineteen of the factory’s workers died immediately, and twenty-three others were injured. Destruction left in the aftermath of the Fales & Gray Car Works boiler explosion in Hartford, Connecticut, 1854. This disaster led to the foundation of the Hartford Hospital and formation of the Hartford Steam Boiler Company […]

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Jan21

Scylla Summit Video: Grab and Scylla Driving Southeast Asia Forward

Grab and Scylla

Grab is a powerhouse in Southeast Asia. Its mobile app services cover a broad swath of everyday needs, from acting as a mobile wallet, to arranging affordable ridesharing, food and package delivery. Imagine if Apple Pay, Lyft, and Doordash were all bundled in one app. Grab has exploded in use across Southeast Asia, from its origins in Malaysia and Singapore all across Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The audience at last fall’s Scylla Summit had a chance to hear about Grab’s use of Scylla in detail, directly from Grab’s Engineering Lead, Aravind Srinivasan. Aravind first presented the […]

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Jan17

Introducing Scylla Open Source 3.0

Scylla Open Source Release 3.0

Scylla is an open source NoSQL database that offers the horizontal scale-out and fault-tolerance of Apache Cassandra, but delivers 10X the throughput and consistent, low single-digit latencies. Implemented from scratch in C++, Scylla’s close-to-the-hardware design significantly reduces the number of database nodes you require and self-optimizes to dynamic workloads and various hardware combinations. With the release of Scylla Open Source 3.0, we’ve introduced a rich set of new features for more efficient querying, reduced storage requirements, lower repair times, and better overall database performance. Already the industry’s most performant NoSQL database, Scylla now includes production-ready features that surpass the capabilities […]

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Jan8

Scylla Summit 2018 Tech Talks Now Online

Dor Laor at Scylla Summit 2018

There was so much happening at our Scylla Summit 2018 late last fall. We held more than three dozen sessions, including multiple keynotes and concurrent breakout tracks. Our Tech Talks page has been updated with the videos and slides from Scylla Summit 2018. Now you can see what you missed — whether or not you were able to attend our user conference. In the weeks ahead we’ll showcase some of the best talks from our conference, but there’s no need to wait. You can browse the whole catalog of talks from Scylla Summit 2018 today! You can see the YouTube […]

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Dec21

Scylla Summit 2018 Keynote: Four Years of Scylla

Dor Laor at Scylla Summit 2018

Now that the dust has settled from our Scylla Summit 2018 user conference, we’re glad for the chance to share the content with those who couldn’t make the trip to the Bay Area. We’ll start with the keynote from our CEO and Co-founder, Dor Laor, who kicked off the event with his talk about the past, present and future of Scylla. Watch the video in full: Browse the slides:  See our related Tech Talks page Dor began with an overview of the trends in the industry and first and foremost, digital transformation. Sticking to the down-to-earth, practical culture at ScyllaDB, Dor covered real life […]

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Nov8

Overheard at Scylla Summit 2018

Dor Laor addresses Scylla Summit 2018

Scylla Summit 2018 was quite an event! Your intrepid reporter tried to keep up with the goings-on, live-tweeting the event from opening to close. If you missed my Tweetstream, you can pick it up here: And here we go! "Four years ago, Dor and Avi had an idea for a better database."#ScyllaSummit pic.twitter.com/lCM08NVDJd — Peter Corless 🌎☮ (@PeterCorless) November 6, 2018 It’s impossible to pack two days and dozens of speakers into a few thousand words, so I’m going to give just the highlights and will embed the SlideShare links for a selected few talks. However, free to check out […]

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Oct31

Scylla Summit Preview: Adventures in AdTech: Processing 50 Billion User Profiles in Real Time with Scylla

Scylla Summit Preview: Adventures in AdTech: Processing 50 Billion User Profiles in Real Time with Scylla

In the run-up to Scylla Summit 2018, we’re featuring our speakers and providing sneak peeks at their presentations. This interview in our ongoing series is with Ľuboš Koščo and Michal Šenkýř, both senior software engineers in the Streaming Infrastructure Team at Sizmek, the largest independent Demand-Side Platform (DSP) for ad tech. Their session is entitled Adventures in AdTech: Processing 50 Billion User Profiles in Real Time with Scylla. Thank you for taking the time to speak with me. I’d like to ask you each to describe your journey as technical professionals. How did you each get involved with ad tech […]

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