FoundationDB with Ryan Worl

FoundationDB is a multi-model distributed key-value store. It is fully ACID compliant and horizontally scalable. FoundationDB is not usually used directly by an application developer–FoundationDB is a foundational building block for higher level distributed systems such as the metadata store for data warehousing tool Snowflake.

Ryan Worl is a software engineer who specializes in FoundationDB. He joins the show to discuss the architecture of FoundationDB, including the roles of different server components and the read and write path of FoundationDB. We also talk about applications of FoundationDB, and how it compares to storage engines such as RocksDB and databases such as CockroachDB and Spanner.


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