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Yes We Can! Distributed ACID Transactions with High Performance

ACID transactions are a fundamental building block when developing business-critical, user-facing applications. They simplify the complex task of ensuring data integrity while supporting highly concurrent operations. While they are taken for granted in monolithic SQL/relational databases, distributed NoSQL/non-relational databases either forsake them completely or support only a highly restrictive single-row flavor (see sections below). This loss of ACID properties is usually justified with a gain in performance (measured in terms of low latency and/or high throughput).

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Achieving Sub-ms Latencies on Large Datasets in Public Clouds

One of our users was interested to learn more about YugabyteDB’s behavior for a random read workload where the data set does not fit in RAM and queries need to read data from disk (i.e. an uncached random read workload).

The intent was to verify if YugabyteDB was designed well to handle this case with the optimal number of IOs to the disk subsystem.

This post is a sneak peak into just one of the aspects of YugabyteDB’s innovative storage engine,

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Scaling YugabyteDB to Millions of Reads and Writes

Here at YugaByte, we continuously push the limits of the systems we build. As a part of that, we ran some large cluster benchmarks to scale YugabyteDB to million of reads and writes per second while retaining low latencies. This post goes into the details about our 50 node cluster benchmark. We posted the results of the benchmark on a 25 node cluster in our community forum.

The graph above shows how you can achieve linear scalability with YugabyteDB.

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Building a Strongly Consistent Cassandra with Better Performance

In an earlier blog on database consistency, we had a detailed discussion on the risks and challenges applications face in dealing with eventually consistent NoSQL databases. We also dispelled the myth that eventually consistent DBs perform better than strongly consistent DBs. In this blog, we will look more closely into how YugabyteDB provides strong consistency while outperforming an eventually consistent DB like Apache Cassandra. Note that YugabyteDB retains drop-in compatibility with the Cassandra Query Language (CQL) API.

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YugabyteDB Architecture: Diverse Workloads with Operational Simplicity

YugabyteDB is a transactional, high performance, geo-distributed operational database that converges multiple NoSQL and SQL interfaces into an unified solution. The v0.9 public beta of YugabyteDB includes the YCQL and YEDIS APIs that are compatible with Cassandra Query Language (CQL) and Redis APIs respectively. PostgreSQL-compatible YSQL API is under development. A fundamental design goal for YugabyteDB has been to provide the same transactional, performance and operational simplicity guarantees irrespective of the API used.

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