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Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo 2013 – News from the Committee – Tutorial Selection Complete

 | December 3, 2012 |  Posted In: Events and Announcements, MySQL


As Percona Live London is raging in the UK, I thought it fitting to remind everyone about the next big Percona Live: MySQL Conference and Expo 2013 in Santa Clara, Californa on April 22-25, 2013.  You can register NOW for this conference, and the Super Saving Registration deadline ends on December 28th, so be sure to register early if you already know you’ll be there.

As promised, I wanted to keep giving updates on the committee’s progress in selecting the program for the conference.  As many people know, the selections and schedule for tutorial day have been made public.  There are many great tutorials being presented, and I don’t have time to laud them all, so let me give you a few (highly biased) highlights:

Operational DBA In A Nutshell! Hands On Tutorial!

This tutorial will be an extremely hands-on overview of all things pretaining to being a MySQL DBA and would be an excellent choice for anyone either just getting started in MySQL, or who has been doing DBA work on the side and wants to dig further.  Also, it is being given by my excellent Belgian Percona colleagues: Liz, Fred, and Kenny: who are fantastic presenters and trainers.

This is one of 3 tutorials that will span the full 6 hour day and I just couldn’t see covering all this material in less time.

Cookbook for Creating INDEXes — All about Indexing

Now for one of my former colleages: Rick James of Yahoo! Inc.  Rick is giving a 3 hour tutorial focusing on indexing within MyISAM and Innodb with a side of Partitioning.  I’d expect folks interested in efficient schema design for high performance to get a lot of out of Rick’s talk.

A good afternoon follow up to Rick’s  talk might be:

Advanced query optimizer tuning and analysis

This 3 hour session is being given by Timour Katchaounov and Sergei Petrunia from the Monty Program and focuses in on how the query optimizer does what it does, why it does it, and how to make it work for you.  These guys are probably a few of just a handful of developers in the world who have really dug into the optimizer and have a solid understanding of exactly how it works.

These two talks would be an excellent track for anyone who does schema design and writes a lot of queries.

High Availability Tutorials

One of the clearly emerging themes this year is High Availability, though honestly I’m not sure when this was not the case at a MySQL conference.  There are several MySQL HA related tutorials:

But if you’re stuck trying to choose an HA solution, then “Evaluating MySQL High Availability alternatives” (3 hr) is for you.  Full disclosure that the speaker Henrik Ingo has recently started working with Codership (who wrote Galera), but he has done this talk in the past and it is really a fantastic overview of MANY (possibly all?) of the HA options for MySQL.
As you can see there are many great tutorials and I’m really happy to see how many interesting topics have emerged so far.  So go register!


So what’s next?  The committee is furiously working on rating the huge number of session proposals.  I just finished a multi-week process of rating each and every talk (except my own) just today.  Unlike the tutorial selection process where there was a few dozen proposals, there are hundreds of session proposals to sort through.  Everyone on the committee has his or her own opinion about what’s most important for talks, and it’s through our combined effort that we (hopefully) end up with a schedule of talks that is well rounded and represents where the community is today and where it is headed in the future (and, of course, encourages as many people as possible to attend!).

As always, feel free to ask questions.  I’d be happy to answer what I can!

Jay Janssen

Jay joined Percona in 2011 after 7 years at Yahoo working in a variety of fields including High Availability architectures, MySQL training, tool building, global server load balancing, multi-datacenter environments, operationalization, and monitoring. He holds a B.S. of Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology.

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