Drizzle was announced at the last OSCON, and during the past year the project has flourished with activity on the mailing list, IRC channel, and most importantly, code branches. We’ll discuss tools used, practices, the community, and then open up for questions.
Brian has spent his life working on the details of how to build and scale out systems. He is currently working on a new MicroKernel designed MySQL called Drizzle and is building the plumbing required for a new generation of large scale computer deployment. He also spends time working on Apache Modules, Memcached, and Gearman.
Unlike most engineers you will never find him in a cubicle, he spends much of his time traveling around the planet enjoying the diversity that is our world. In the past, he has been involved with projects for the Army Engineer Corps, The VirtualHospital, Splunk, MySQL, and Slashdot. He calls Seattle his home since that is where his dog Rosalynd is. He is employed by Sun Microsystems.
Monty Taylor is an Engineer for Sun. He’s currently hacking on Drizzle full time, and was the crazy guy who wrote the NDB/Bindings in the first place (why write for one language when you can have six?) Before that, he was a Senior Consultant for MySQL which took him all over the word focusing on Cluster and High Availability.
He’s a Python programmer by first choice(and yet hears the obvious joke surprisingly infrequently) but seems to be spending all of his time recently in C, C++ and Java.
Mark Atwood is an employee of Network.com at Sun Microsystems, where he works on Drizzle and other cloud computing technologies. He was formerly a member of MySQL Professional Services, specializing in custom server hacks. He is a coauthor of the OAuth Core specification. He has been involved in projects to build large self-configuring internet networks, including a widely deployed net-connected CATV consumer appliance, a PSTN internet application, and a Mil-Spec decision support intel application. He lives in Seattle.
Eric Day has been writing high-performance, multi-threaded servers for most of his career at Concentric, including complete HTTP/SSL, DNS, and IMAP implementations. He has also designed and implemented custom storage and database systems, from the protocol up through the application front-end. Most of his work has been done in clustered and distributed environments. When not hacking on code, he can be found running, biking, or enjoying a good vegan meal.
Patrick Galbraith is a senior systems and database administrator at Blue Gecko. He is the author or two recent books:
“Developing Web Applications with Apache, MySQL, memcached, and Perl” (Wiley)
“Expert PHP and MySQL” (Wiley)
In his “spare time”, he also maintains DBD::mysql, DBD::drizzle, FederatedX storage engine and the Memcached Functions for MySQL. He has just authored “Developing Web Applications using Perl, Memcached, MySQL, and Apache”. Patrick lives up in the sticks of New Hampshire with his wife Ruth and son Kiran as well as his Kubota tractor.
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