Join Percona Chief Evangelist Colin Charles as he covers happenings, gives pointers and provides musings on the open source database community.
The Percona Live Call For Papers closes on December 22, but why aren’t you submitting already? Don’t wait till the last minute! Look at our broad scope as well. Worth noting that the best prices for tickets are available now until January 7.
FOSDEM is happening in Brussels, Belgium (like it has for the past many years). All I can say is that the schedule is out, and it was very hard to make a choice! See the schedule. In addition, don’t forget to drop by the project table/stand for Percona – yes, we aim to showcase the ecosystem – we’ll be located at Building H.
Over the weekend, I was in Beijing, China for the annual ACMUG gathering, now expanded to two whole days. A special thanks go out to Rikki and Yanwei for helping get me there, and Lixun Peng for being my simultaneous translator. Most of the talks were in Mandarin, but we did have a bit of a foreigner contingent (from Oracle, Manyi Lu, Luis Soares; from Facebook, Yoshinori Matsunobu, and Junyi Luke Lu, and me from Percona), thus there were also talks in English.
It’s clear that there’s a lot of mixed uses these days – not just MySQL but also MongoDB and Hadoop. Another thing that folk are looking into? PingCap’s TiDB. ScyllaDB was also talked about.
One other major takeaway – learning from Chinese DBAs means you learn at scale. For them, a tiny instance may have 3 million users – that’s the whole population of some countries. More has to be done to get exposed to their ideas and how they are solving big issues; expect to have some kind of track at Percona Live!
- Percona Server for MySQL 5.6.38-83.0 with new features, including InnoDB page fragmentation counters, a feature ported from the Facebook MySQL patch, for Multiple page asynchronous I/O requests and more.
- Percona Server for MySQL 5.7.20-18 with improvements for InnoDB full-text search stopwords, as well as the features in the above 5.6 release.
- Apache Hadoop v3.0.0 is out with multiple new features. I especially like the powered by page, which I feel we need to do for Percona Server for MySQL/MongoDB, and more in the ecosystem.
- sysbench 1.0.11 released, with a change to get the PostgreSQL driver to be compatible with CockroachDB.
- The RedMonk re:Invent 2017 Recap – love this chat-style format, also a lot of important insights from the RedMonk analysts.
- Towards Bigger Small Data – great to see Yoshinori write a blog post again after a hiatus. Important read.
- The Case for Learned Index Structures – paper making the rounds, on how machine learned indexes can replace B-Trees or hash indexes. Requisite twitter conversation.
- FOSDEM 2018 – Brussels, Belgium – February 3-4 2018
- SCALE16x – Pasadena, California, USA – March 8-11 2018
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