MemSQL with Nikita Shamgunov

MemSQL is a high-performance, in-memory database that combines the horizontal scalability of distributed systems with the familiarity of SQL.

Nikita Shamgunov is co-founder and CTO of MemSQL.


  • What types of data does a user want to keep on disk versus on an in-memory database?
  • How does MemSQL compare to MySQL?
  • How do MemSQL users leverage Apache Spark?
  • How does a user onboard with MemSQL?
  • What are the engineering difficulties required to be “over the wire compatible” with MySQL?
  • Should more baristas become data scientists?


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