I’ve been woefully neglectful of my responsibilities to post regularly about Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo 2013 (PLCME 2013), but here’s some highlights of what I am planning to attend from the schedule. Read to the very bottom for the chance to win a free full pass to the conference!
When picking talks to attend, I typically try to balance sessions that will fill in gaps in my knowledge (especially with topics that have come up repeatedly) with sessions on topics that I already specialize in to gain more depth. Once I’m at a conference, I often will change my plans at the last minute, but here’s what I’d choose today:
I’m giving my own all-day tutorial on Percona XtraDB Cluster / Galera in Practice, so naturally I think everyone should come see that one. This will be extremely hands-on, so don’t expect a 6 hour lecture in disguise.
- Percona Server 5.6 – By Stewart Smith of Percona himself
- CAP Theorem: Two out of three ain’t right – (Matt Aslet, 451 Research). I describe (poorly, I’m sure) the CAP theorem regularly to customers as part of my job, and I’m interested in hearing some more formal discussion of it. If I wasn’t going here, I’d probably end up in Galera Cluster Best Practices, though I’ve heard that talk from Seppo (Codership) before.
- MySQL Query Anti-Patterns that can be moved to Sphinx – (Vladimir Fedorkov, PalominoDB) Now that Innodb supports Full-text indexing, I’m interested in other good discussion points about when selecting Sphinx would still be useful.
- Tracking Page Changes for Your Database and Bitmap Backups – (Laurynas Biveinis, Percona) — Shoring up information about new Xtrabackup feature sets.
- Internals of new InnoDB features in MySQL 5.6 – (Vadim Tkachenko, Percona) – Tuning Innodb is a huge part of my job, and getting up to 5.6 is a big priority with the recent GA (of course, I may need to do this before April!)
- The Hazards of Multi-writing in a Dual-Master Setup – I’m kind of obligated to attend this one, this covers a bit of a 101 about replication conflicts and the general issues with distributed writing. This is really a foundation for anyone starting to explore how to get beyond a single-mastered data store and why it’s a hard problem to solve.
- State of the Art for MySQL Multi-Master Replication – (Robert Hodges, Continuent) – Robert is the master in discussing the pros and cons of this kind of architecture, and this really sounds like a logical advanced follow up to my talk. I’m interested in the latest/greatest out of Tungsten, and also what decision points he tends to bring to the table with this kind of architecture.
- Case Study: Designing a synchronous multi-master cluster for elastic scale-out and scale-in in the cloud – (Marco Tusa, Pythian) – This is right up my alley in terms of the type of work I generally do. I’m really interested to hear real-life case studies for these kinds of architectures.
- InnoDB Compression: Present and Future – (Nizameddin Ordulu, Justin Tolmer, Facebook) — The Facebook guys really know their Innodb compression, and now that their enhancements are in 5.6, I’m really interested to dig further into it.
- What’s New in Galera Replication 3.0 – (Alexey Yurchenko, Seppo Jaakola, Codership Oy) – This should be a highlight for anyone interested in the Galera/PXC world. Codership is really planning some exciting things for their 3.0 release.
- Migrating to Percona XtraDB cluster – Once again, I am obligated to attend. This talk will be a great high level overview of PXC/Galera and give some helpful instruction about what some migration strategies might look like.
- Using MySQL Performance Schema to debug performance issues – (Zburivsky Danil, Pythian) – I haven’t explored the performance_schema very much yet, but I need to know more, especially with all the improvements in 5.6!
- Perl Stored Procedures for MariaDB – (Antony Curtis, LinkedIn Corp) – I generally don’t recommend stored procedures, but I need to learn more about Maria, and since Perl is a native language to me, this seems compelling.
- Managing data and data archiving using MySQL 5.6 new features of Portable Tablespace and EXCHANGE PARTITION – (Marco Tusa, Pythian) — This seems like a great 5.6 improvement for manageability of data.
So, that’s it, one talk for each slot. Tomorrow, I may change my mind, and there are definitely lots of these slots that have some really strong competing talks.
Win a free Conference Pass
Since we’re talking about interesting talks, what talk would you most like to attend at the conference and why? Best answer in the comments below wins the pass. Include a link to the talk with your answer. Answers will be judged entirely (and subjectively) by me. Deadline is this Friday, February 15th.