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Architecture of a Geo-Distributed SQL Database [NYC Data Council 2019]

In this talk, which was given at the Data Council NYC, Nathan VanBenschoten, an engineer at Cockroach Labs, speaks to the architecture of an open source, geo-distributed, SQL database. The talk is a whirlwind tour of CockroachDB’s internals, covering the usage of Raft for consensus, the challenges of data distribution, distributed transactions, distributed SQL execution, and distributed SQL optimizations.

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