On April 1st, the Department of Computer Science at Rutgers University, where I am a professor, held an open house. I gave a talk called “Elephants on a Trapeze: Keeping Big Data Agile”.
The talk is an introduction to performance issues related to big data without getting too technical. You’ll have to decide if I succeeded with the “not too technical” part. My take is on how to keep big data indexed — not surprising since the work in this talk is the basis for TokuDB®, Tokutek’s MySQL storage engine for keeping large data indexed. A video of my talk can be found here.