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 Level: Intermediate
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 senior software developer and architect at ArangoDB. Previously, Max was an academic mathematician at the University of St. Andrews, where he worked on the development and implementation of new algorithms in computer algebra, mainly for the open source system GAP. During this time, he juggled with mathematical big data like group orbits containing trillions of points. He studied mathematics in Heidelberg and holds a PhD from the RWTH Aachen University, where he also finished his habilitation.