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Jun20

Sizing Up Your Scylla Cluster

Sizing Your Scylla Cluster

In practical terms, how do you begin to plan your ultra-efficient Scylla topology? The shift can be intimidating for those coming from a background in Cassandra, or for those coming from a primary-replica architecture, or from a plain old monolithic database implementation. In this post we’ll layout a checklist for designing a Scylla cluster that incorporates both horizontal and vertical scaling.

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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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May23

Workload Prioritization: Running OLTP and OLAP Traffic on the Same Superhighway

Workload Prioritization: Running OLTP and OLAP Traffic on the Same Superhighway

In this post we introduce the new Scylla workload prioritization mechanism, explaining the vision behind developing this feature and how it is implemented, and most importantly, we show you test results of how it performs in a real-world setting.

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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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Jan24

Scylla SSTable 3.0 Can Decrease File Sizes 50% or More

Scylla SSTable 3.0 Can Decrease File Sizes 50% or More

Scylla Open Source 3.0 ships with a new format for on-disk representation, SSTable 3.0. In this article, we will discuss some of the benefits that emerge from the adoption of this format and the scenarios in which they apply. We will discuss the differences between the old and new formats, and demonstrate use cases in which the new format has significant advantages, and others where the advantages are much smaller. This is truly a situation of “Your Mileage May Vary.” For example, in one test result below, we were able to show a 53% reduction in table size. Other use […]

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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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Dec13

Going Head-to-Head: Scylla vs Amazon DynamoDB

Going Head-to-Head: Scylla vs Amazon DynamoDB

“And now for our main event! Ladies and gentlemen, in this corner, weighing in at 34% of the cloud infrastructure market, the reigning champion and leader of the public cloud…. Amazon!” Amazon has unparalleled expertise at maximizing scalability and availability for a vast array of customers using a plethora of software products. While Amazon offers software products like DynamoDB, it’s database-as-a-service is only one of their many offerings. “In the other corner is today’s challenger — young, lightning quick and boasting low-level Big Data expertise… ScyllaDB!” Unlike Amazon, our company focuses exclusively on creating the best database for distributed data […]

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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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Sep5

CERN on Real-Time Processing of Big Data with Scylla

CERN real-time process of big data with Scylla graphic

In June, Miguel Martinez Pedreira, Software engineer at CERN on the ALICE project, and Glauber Costa, VP of Field Engineering at ScyllaDB, teamed up to do a computing seminar to discuss real-time processing of big data with ScyllaDB, examining how Scylla helped the ALICE experiment with their AliEn Global File Catalogue use case. CERN uses the world’s largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles. The instruments used at CERN are purpose-built particle accelerators and detectors. Accelerators boost beams of particles to high energies before the beams collide with each other or with […]

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