Deconstructing the Database

Hadoop & Beyond, Grand West (NY Hilton)
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The big data movement has highlighted the value of historical information, and storage is readily available, calling into question the ongoing use of update-in-place database architectures. How much complexity do they cause, and how much information is being lost?

What if you were to deconstruct the traditional monolithic database – separating transaction processing, storage and query into independent cooperating services? Coupled with a data model based around immutable atomic facts and awareness of time, you get a significantly different set of capabilities and scaling/availability tradeoffs.

This talk will discuss the importance of moving away from the update-in-place model towards one of retaining the integrity of the business activity stream, as well as the general architectural advantages of immutability. We will look at how these ideas play out in the design of Datomic, a new database.

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Rich Hickey


Rich Hickey, the author of the Clojure programming language and designer of the Datomic database system, is a software developer with over 20 years of experience in various domains. Rich has worked on scheduling systems, broadcast automation, audio analysis and fingerprinting, database design, yield management, exit poll systems, and machine listening, in a variety of languages.


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