Trip Report | PlanetScale Team at FOSDEM 2020

February 21, 2020

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Morgan Tocker

At the end of January, the PlanetScale team attended FOSDEM. For those not familiar with it - FOSDEM is a very large free and open source software conference held each year in Brussels. The format is a bit different to most conferences, in that you can just show up without registration. Attendance is estimated by the 9000 mac addresses joining the wifi each day :-)

Planeteers joining engineers from MySQL, Percona and the community to talk about server usability.
Planeteers joining engineers from MySQL, Percona and the community to talk about server usability. Credit


Pre-FOSDEM

For the last few years running, the MySQL team has held a sister-event to FOSDEM where their engineers curate a track of some of their latest work. This year we were able to hear about hash joins in the server, redo log scalability enhancements, and EXPLAIN ANALYZE amongst other enhancements.

Planeteers were also invited to present the following talks:

Morgan Tocker on MySQL Server Usability Guidelines

Liz van Dijk on Vitess: The Sharding Solution for MySQL 8.0


MySQL Community Dinner

Following Pre-FOSDEM was the MySQL & Friends Community Dinner, an annual staple on the MySQL events calendar. The event was sold-out quickly, and attendance was limited to fire code capacity.



FOSDEM

Following the community dinner, the PlanetScale team was up bright and early for the MySQL Dev Room at FOSDEM. With a packed house, we were happy to join in some of the day’s banter, including using MyRocks vs. InnoDB:


For other talks, due to capacity restrictions we needed to watch the live streams. The video recordings are now online, so make sure to check out all the talks. Slides for Pre-FOSDEM are also available online.

.. and that’s a wrap. We hope to see you again at FOSDEM 2021!