This Week in Data with Colin Charles 24: more Meltdown, FOSDEM, Slack and reminiscing

Colin CharlesJoin Percona Chief Evangelist Colin Charles as he covers happenings, gives pointers and provides musings on the open source database community.

There is still much going on when it comes to Meltdown/Spectre in our world. Percona’s Vadim Tkachenko and Alexey Stroganov recently published Does the Meltdown Fix Affect Performance for MySQL on Bare Metal?. You also want to read Mark Callaghan’s excellent work on this: Meltdown vs MySQL part 1: in-memory sysbench and a core i3 NUC, XFS, nobarrier and the 4.13 Linux kernel, Meltdown vs MySQL part 2: in-memory sysbench and a core i5 NUC, and Meltdown vs storage. If you’re looking at this from a Cassandra standpoint, do read Meltdown’s Impact on Cassandra Latency. SolarWinds (formerly sponsors at Percona Live), have also released a statement on Meltdown/Spectre: Meltdown/Spectre fixes made AWS CPUs cry, says SolarWinds.

From a FOSDEM standpoint (its just a few weeks away, I hope to meet you there), don’t forget that the community dinner tickets are now on sale, and it happens on Friday 2 February 2018. Remember that the FOSDEM room for MySQL and friends is on Sunday 4 February 2018. And you’ll not want to miss Peter Zaitsev’s talk on Saturday, do read the Interview with Peter Zaitsev MySQL: Scaling & High Availability Production experience for the last decade.

Slack is becoming popular for database related discussions. You can join the MongoDB Community, and it’s a lot more active than the IRC channel on freenode. There is also a MySQL Community on Slack! Currently, the MongoDB community has 927 people in their #general channel, compared to the MySQL channel with 85 people. Will we see MariaDB Server have a Slack channel? Percona?

This past week has been an interesting one for the MySQL world – former CEO posted a little photo and message to Facebook. It’s a public post, hence I am linking to it. It reads, “10 years ago! What memories. A fantastic team. Such a great welcoming by Sun. MySQL did well as part of Sun, and has continued to do so as part of Oracle. Thank you, all you who did it!”. I was in Orlando, Florida when this happened. It was an amazing few days. A USD$1 billion exit may seem small today, but in January 2008 it was all the rage (keep in mind we were preparing for IPO). We may not have created the MySQL mafia-like PayPal managed (too many characters, egos, and concentrated wealth?), but to see how far the ecosystem has come since: forks, branches, usage. All I can say is – an extreme privilege to be part of the journey and ride.


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Upcoming appearances

  • FOSDEM 2018 – Brussels, Belgium – February 3-4 2018
  • SCALE16x – Pasadena, California, USA – March 8-11 2018


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  • Peter Laursen

    I think that if anyone in the world has the financial muscels to challenge the dominance of Amazon (and to some extend Microsoft) in this business segment, it is Alibaba.

    They will probably focus on their homeland and East Asian countries for a start. SE Asia (Philipinnes, Korea, Indonesia), Russia, India and Australia are probably next. I don’t foresee that they will become very big is the US nor Europe in near future, but if their techncial solutions develops and pricing and support are competetive, it will happen sonner or later. And maybe sooner!

    This is an almost complete “plugin replacement” for Amazon RDS and I welcome the competition.

    January 20, 2018 at 7:14 am
  • Peter Laursen

    Sorry, I messed up geography. Korea is not in SE Asia – rather in NE Asia. And I am not an American!
    (I recall that Mark Twain once said, that God invented war for Americans to learn geography! But I am no better it seems 🙂 )

    January 20, 2018 at 7:20 am

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