Real World Web: Performance & Scalability, MySQL Edition

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Ask Bjoern Hansen will be covering the overall platform and architecture considerations involved in tuning applications from a holistic perspective. You’ll be shown design scaleable architectures for dynamic, high-volume web sites. Topics covered include caching, scalable database design, replication architecture, load-balancing, and architectural decisions derived from many years of experience.

YOU can play with the Big Boys and do thousands of dynamic requests per second. Some extra thought into the overall architecture beats the pants off any amount of micro-optimizations. You’ll learn exactly how to do it.

  • Why horizontal scaling rocks.
  • Why vertical scaling sucks.
  • Which caching strategies work best, when and why.
  • Benchmarking techniques: how to measure accurately.
  • How to avoid scaling vertically on the backend.
  • Scaling your database systems without shelling out for that gazillion dollar Sun box.
  • Segment your data the right way when your database can’t keep up.
  • The when, where, and what about session data.
  • Load-balancing done right.
  • Manage your resources to get the most out of your hardware.
  • Make a job queue to gracefully deal with big traffic peaks.
  • And much more.
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Ask Bjorn Hansen


Ask Bjørn Hansen is a software developer and consultant focused on Perl, MySQL, Apache, Linux and other open source technologies. He has worked with Perl for more than ten years and with MySQL since the year it was released, building large and small systems serving thousands of requests per second.

He is a member of the Apache Software Foundation and has been building and managing much of the community infrastructure since 1999. Currently he’s working as the CTO of Solfo, Inc developing YellowBot

He lives in a little house on a hill in Los Angeles, CA with his wife and their pets.

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