Engineering the Future of Software
16–18 October 2017: Conference & Tutorials
18–19 October 2017: Training
London, UK

The computer science behind a modern distributed data store

Max Neunhöffer (ArangoDB)
16:5017:40 Monday, 16 October 2017
Distributed systems
Location: Blenheim Room - Palace Suite
Secondary topics:  Overview
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Prerequisite Knowledge

  • Familiarity with relational databases

What you'll learn

  • Understand the components and the inner workings of modern open source databases


What we see in the modern data store world is a race between different approaches to achieve distributed and resilient storage. Every application needs a stateful layer, which holds the data; there are at least three necessary components, which can be difficult to combine in any case and even more challenging when trying to acheive acceptable performance.

Over the past few years, there has been significant progress in both the science and practical implementations of data stores. Max Neunhöffer walks you through the components and the inner workings of modern open source databases like ArangoDB, Cassandra, Cockroach, and RethinkDB, covering the challenges in developing a distributed, resilient data store and diving into topics such as consensus, distributed transactions, distributed query optimization, and execution.

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Max Neunhöffer


Max Neunhöffer is a mathematician turned database developer. He’s a senior software developer architect at ArangoDB. In his academic career, he worked for 16 years on the development and implementation of new algorithms in computer algebra, where he juggled with mathematical big data like group orbits containing trillions of points. He recently returned from St. Andrews to Germany, shifted his focus to NoSQL databases, and now helps develop ArangoDB. He’s spoken at international conferences including O’Reilly Software Architecture London, J On The Beach, and MesosCon Seattle.