Monday, April 22, 2013

Graphs, machine learning, PostGres and other tidbits

I hadn't pushed out my "favorite reads of the season" for a while. So, here's a bunch of links to keep you occupied over the next few days.

Graphs, search and recommendations:
Discussion on Redis mailing list about SSD / Twitter Fatcache / Facebook McDipper and a follow up.
While doing some research on NoSQL systems, especially Cassandra, I was surprised to hear that newer releases of Cassandra are moving away from the flexible, semi-structured column families. Instead with CQL, there is a well somewhat restrictive, repetitive schema that should work well for certain workloads. Is it me or does it look like NoSQL is grudgingly moving towards SQL?
Speaking of SQL, PostGres is moving in the other direction. Recent (9.x+) versions have some very interesting column data types - Array, HSTORE, JSON etc. Of course, its SQL support is obviously fantastic.

And finally, a nice talk on trade processing and a of paper on MongoDB for finance.