David Cohen

David Cohen

David Cohen

Storage Solutions CTO and Sr PE, Intel


Dave Cohen is the Storage Solutions CTO in Intel's Nonvolatile Memory and Storage (NVMS) Group and the Chief Architect of Intel's Data Management Platform. This is a rack-centric, physical cluster that builds on the Intel Rack Scale Design (RSD). Dave has been at Intel for five years working on a variety of network and storage related solutions. His career spans over 30 years working on large scale, distributed systems for Fortune 500 companies across several industry segments.

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A Discussion on the Advantages Afforded MySQL DBaaS offerings hosted on Intel's Next Gen Platform

In this talk, we discuss the use of the open source MySQL Community Edition and Percona Server projects and Intel's Cascade Lake server platform as the primary building blocks for hosting a Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) deployment. Data demonstrating the advantage of this configuration will be presented. Emphasis will be on deployment of an offering that provides developers with self-service, on-demand delivery of databases that run over shared infrastructure in a multi-tenant environment. Demand for DBaaS from a diverse span of market segments has driven the large Cloud Service Providers to invest in the buildout such offerings.

Today, these offerings are widely available from Multiple Cloud Providers. Until recently, however, organizations wanting to provide DBaaS from within their own data centers were left without good options. This demand is set to be addressed with the emergence of several open source projects. A second, intersecting trend is the imminent release of Intel's next-generation Cascade Lake XEON platform and its support for byte-addressable, persistent memory via the Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory product.

Our talk will dive into the intersection of these two trends starting with an overview of the Cloud Native DBaaS model. Next, a concrete description of a deployment model using Percona's MySQL and MyRocks distributions will be introduced. This model will be supported by a two-fold, data-driven discussion on performance and density. First, a performance characterization for both the InnoDB and MyRocks storage engines is presented with the focus on comparing/contrasting the use of NVMe vis-a-vis Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory. For the latter, we include Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory volumes in fsdax as well as sector modes. Secondly, data on database instance density using a single Intel Cascade Lake server outfitted with NVMe vis-a-vis Intel® Optane™ DC Persistent Memory will be presented. The talk will conclude with a discussion on the results and how they have influenced our plans for further work in MySQL CE/Percona Server open source projects going forward.

An Open-Source, Cloud Native Database (CNDB)

During our presentation at Percona Live 2019 Intel and its software partners will introduce the audience to the work we're doing to enable an open-source framework, we call Cloud Native Database (CNDB). This is a collaborative effort between Intel, Rockset, PlanetScale, MariaDB, and Percona. Why is Intel giving this talk? We believe such an open-source CNDB is the perfect complement to the Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory, QLC-NAND-based NVMe, and Cascade Lake CPU products.

Over the last couple of years we've talked to numerous database practitioners, across many companies and industries. What emerged from these discussions is clarity on the demand for an open-source equivalent to a Cloud Native Database such as Amazon's Aurora, Facebook's MySQL, and Azure's CosmosDB. In this talk, you will learn about our effort to make such an open-source Cloud Native Database available to the community.

Through the presentation, the audience will be introduced to a set of principles and architectural elements that define what we mean by Cloud Native Database. We will discuss Rockset's RocksDB-Cloud library and how it works with Facebook's MyRocks storage engine. We also will cover PlanetScale's Vitess project and their use of Kubernetes for deployment of our Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) mechanisms. Lastly, we share data on the performance and scale characteristics of the architecture and components that we have developed.

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