Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Velocity Conference

O'Reilly's Velocity Conference is happening this year from June 23-24 at Burlingame, CA. Velocity site describes this new conference as:

"Web companies, big and small, face many of the same challenges: sites must be faster, infrastructure needs to scale, and everything must be available to customers at all times, no matter what. Velocity is the place to obtain the crucial skills and knowledge to build successful web sites that are fast, scalable, resilient, and highly available."

When the call for papers was open for Velocity, I submitted a talk proposal regarding cutting MySQL IO for cost effective scaling and performance optimization.

Fotolog is one of the largest sites on the Internet. We are ranked 13th most visited site by Alexa and 3rd most active social network by ComScore. In the past two years, we have experienced and continue to experience incredible growth. By focusing on efficient data modeling and cutting I/O, we have literally pushed the limits of optimization and scalability when it comes to MySQL.

Learning today that my session was not accepted obviously came as a major disappointment to me. While I truly respect the conference chair's decision, I believe my session would have been useful for those who are experiencing strong growth but cannot afford to re-architect their database backend for one reason or another.

There is some good news as well: While Velocity rejected my proposal, I am presenting a somewhat similar session at this year's MySQL Conference. The session is called "Optimizing MySQL and InnoDB on Solaris 10 for World's Largest Photo Blogging Community". If you're attending the conference and interested in knowing how you can push the limits of your MySQL database servers on Solaris, don't forget to attend my session. It will be a lot of fun, I promise!

I am also presenting two more talks at the MySQL Conference, Disaster is Inevitable—Are You Prepared? and The Power of Lucene.


Jesse Robbins said...

Hi Frank,

I'm Jesse Robbins, co-chair of the Velocity Conference. Your talk was definitely the kind of session we want at Velocity, and I'm sorry we had to turn you down this year.

We gave priority to sessions focusing on the "secret sauce" not covered at other conferences, books, and courses. I'm hoping that Velocity is enough of a success to expand it next year and have time for tutorials.

I'll definitely be coming to your session at the MySQL Conference this month. I hope you will attend Velocity.

Talk to you soon.

-Jesse Robbins
Velocity Conference Co-Chair
jesse [at]

(PS-We sent you a discount code, but feel free to share this 20% discount with anybody you want: vel08js)

Frank said...

Hi Jesse,

I wrote a personal reply to your email as well.

It would be an honor to have you at my session. Would love to meet you in person at the conference.

This is looking to be a great conference and thank you for sharing the discount code.

However, as I pointed in my email, I was planning on presenting a lot of exclusive material that has never been presented before. At Velocity, I was looking forward to the opportunity to present the entire stack and not just MySQL related stuff.

Overall, I am very pleased with the sessions chosen except that I do see at least one session that has been presented again and again. I fail to see how the contents of that session will be exclusive or even contain 'secret sauce'.