July 22, 2014

MySQL Community Dinner

Yesterday we started the conference early with MySQL Community Dinner which was quite a success with about 30-50 people showing up (hard to count as people come and go) even though it was conflicting with Silicon Valley MySQL Meetup and which at least prevented Jeremy and his team showing up.
UPDATE: What I was thinking… There the meetup is today, but still I did not see Jeremy on the party yesterday.

To my surprise Jonathan Schwartz (Sun CEO) and Rich Green (VP of Software – boss of Marten Mickos) showed up and showed up at exactly right time – when we were discussing how the bill should be handled for such event. Rich Green introduced himself with something like “We just bought the company for 1 Billion so we can afford to pay for community dinner” and earned a round of applause.

It was great to have a chat with bunch of MySQL and MySQL Community guys, in particular with Mark Callaghan from Google about his experiences of using MySQL and work he does to scale MySQL and make it Highly Available. One of fun things I learned is Google actually patches MySQL 5.0 to make SubQueries to be disabled on parser level because they are generally poorly optimized and it is hard to ensure users do not use queries which MySQL does not optimize well. Also Mark told about failure rate of MySQL/Innodb which is about once per 1000 machine days (so if you have 1000 machines you will have approximately one crash per day) and he finds this quite good. Though I do not really remember if this applies to “cheap” hardware or “server grade” hardware class.

Sun Executives also of course got fair amount of attention. It is not so often you get a chance to have a private talk with CEO of 40.000 employees company. Initially we got MySQL Guys queued around them while later other people also had a chance to chat. Things worth mentioning is – Sun wants MySQL Community to be happy and if we see something what is done which hurts MySQL community Rich would like to get an email about that. They also listened carefully to complains regarding broken MySQL Community release process, from various people including Lenz Grimmer and promised to
take a look at that.

Another interesting note from Sun guys were what they are interesting in growth of MySQL User Base – “when someone uses MySQL it is good if he does not pay us, because this means he is not using something else” – not only number of paying users.

What was very surprising for me to hear Marten Mickos is also now responsible for PostgreSQL efforts inside of Sun. I do not think this makes much sense but lets see how it works out.

I personally left earlier to get some more work on the slides so there could be something else “fun” happened on the party.

About Peter Zaitsev

Peter managed the High Performance Group within MySQL until 2006, when he founded Percona. Peter has a Master's Degree in Computer Science and is an expert in database kernels, computer hardware, and application scaling.

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