Cassandra: Open Source Bigtable + Dynamo

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  • Dynamo architecture + Bigtable data model
  • Project history
  • Who’s using Cassandra in production


Dynamo similarities:

  • Brief overview of Dynamo
  • Eventually consistent
  • Read repair
  • Hinted handoff

What’s different:

  • Order-preserving hash allows range queries
  • Timestamps instead of vector clocks

Data model

  • Modeled on SSTables described in Bigtable paper
  • No random writes, only sequential; read not required before write
  • key/columnfamily
  • supercolumns
  • Indexes everywhere

Putting things together

  • Example of migrating a traditional RDBMS schema to Cassandra columnfamilies
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Jonathan Ellis


Jonathan is an expert in databases and distributed systems. At Mozy, he built a scalable multi-petabyte storage system based on Reed-Solomon encoding.

He currently works on cloud infrastructure for Rackspace.

  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Facebook
  • Gear6
  • Kaltura
  • Liferay
  • MindTouch
  • Novell, Inc.
  • Open Invention Network
  • Rackspace Cloud
  • Schooner Information Technology
  • Silicon Mechanics
  • Symbian Foundation
  • Twilio
  • WSO2
  • Yabarana Corporation

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