When an example falls in your lap

As I recently noted, I’m giving a short talk at Percona Live about our experience with Fusion-io for MySQL at Craigslist. As is often the case, I agreed to give the talk before giving too much thought about exactly what I’d say. But recently I’ve started to sweat a little at the prospect of having to think up a compelling and understandable presentation.

Thankfully, due to a cache misconfiguration this week, we ended up taking a number of steps that not only will help us to deal with future growth, but as a side-effect we got to directly quantify some of the benefits of Fusion-io in our big MySQL boxes. For whatever reason, the bulk of the presentation basically fell into my lap today.

Now I just have to put it all together.

I won’t go so far as to claim that this is an argument for procrastination,but it sure is nice when something like this happens. 🙂

About Jeremy Zawodny

I'm a software engineer and pilot. I work at craigslist by day, hacking on various bits of back-end software and data systems. As a pilot, I fly Glastar N97BM, Just AirCraft SuperSTOL N119AM, Bonanza N200TE, and high performance gliders in the northern California and Nevada area. I'm also the original author of "High Performance MySQL" published by O'Reilly Media. I still speak at conferences and user groups on occasion.
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8 Responses to When an example falls in your lap

  1. Derek says:

    The phrase you’re looking for is, “I love it when a plan comes together”, preferably chomping a cigar at the same time.

  2. If your working set fits in RAM and you’re primarily CPU-bound, spending the money on Fusion-io would be a waste. But even in sequential reads, it’s way faster than most disk arrays.

  3. perilun says:

    Did not realize you authored MySQL books (read your new bio box). Where might I find the one you cited?

  4. Pingback: Slides for: Fusion-io and MySQL 5.5 at Craigslist | Jeremy Zawodny's blog

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