Avi Kivity

Avi Kivity

CTO, Founder


Avi Kivity is known mostly for starting the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) project, the hypervisor underlying many production clouds.

He has worked for Qumranet and Red Hat as KVM maintainer until December 2012.  Avi is now CTO, Cofounder at ScyllaDB a Cassandra-compatible NoSQL data store that promises 1 million transactions per second on a single server. 

Presentations by Avi Kivity:

  • DevconTLV X Conference, Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 13:45

    Scylla is a new implementation of Apache Cassandra which is wire compatible and 10X faster. Scylla uses any trick in the book to achieve superior performance, from it's own caching, own malloc, log structured allocator and up to a full tcp/ip stack in userspace.

    However, all these mechanisms are not enough to make it a real contender. A distributed database needs to cope with failures, spikes, timeout, OOM and many other issues.

    In this tech talk, Avi Kivity, Scylla's co-founder and CTO will cover #workloadconditioning which is an umbrella of back-pressure mechanisms that Scylla uses to guarantee stable performance over time with automatic performance tuning.

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