SkillsCast

Castle: Re-inventing storage for Big Data

27th September 2011 in London at Skills Matter

This SkillsCast was filmed at Castle: Re-inventing storage for Big Data

In this talk, Tom Wilkie looks at Castle, an open-source project, is a ground-up overhauling of RAID, file systems, and the POSIX interface

The standard Linux storage stack wasn’t designed for write-heavy big data workloads, nor is it well-suited to modern hardware: large, slow SATA disks, SSDs or many cores. Castle, an open-source project, is a ground-up overhauling of RAID, file systems, and the POSIX interface. It is released under the GPL and runs as part of the Linux kernel. Our target is 1 million random inserts per second to disk on a $1,000 commodity box, and we’re nearly there. Castle is also the core of the Acunu Data Platform, which delivers up to 100x higher performance for applications written for Cassandra and other tools.

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Castle: Re-inventing storage for Big Data

Tom Wilkie

Tom is a Software Engineer at Weaveworks. Previously he was at Google as a Site Reliability Manager for Google Analytics. Before that he was Founder and CTO at Acunu, and before that a Software Engineer at XenSource. In his spare time, Tom likes to make craft beer and build home automation systems.