Derrick Harris provides a summary of a Facebook presentation this week, in which the company shared some insights into operating at scale. 60 million queries every second, on a sharded architecture configured to keep as much of that traffic as possible away from (expensive) queries of the database. Open source software plays a critical role in keeping Facebook running, and all of it is heavily optimised to fit the company’s rather unique environment. And underneath a lot of it? The humble MySQL database.
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