Monthly Archives: April 2014

Buffer Cache Makes Slow Disks Seem Fast, Till You Need Them.

Linux has this wonderful thing called the buffer cache (for more detail read here ). In summary, it uses all your free ram as a cache for file access. Because of buffer cache you can easily get under 1 millisecond … Continue reading 

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Data Modeling for Scale with Cassandra

Reads and the perils of index tables. I frequently see index tables in Cassandra being used to allow a One Source Of Truth. It’s important to remember when designing a truly distributed system relational algebra really doesn’t scale, and in … Continue reading 

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