Riak Core: Building Distributed Applications Without Shared State

  • Rusty Klophaus Basho Technologies
October 02, 2010 3:30 - 4:00 PM


Storing big data reliably is hard. Searching that data is just as hard. Basho Technologies, the company behind Riak KV and Riak Search, focuses on solving these two problems.

Both Riak KV (a key-value datastore and map/reduce platform) and Riak Search (a Solr-compatible full-text search and indexing engine) are built around a library called Riak Core that manages the mechanics of running a distributed application in a cluster without requiring a central coordinator or shared state. Using Riak Core, these applications can scale to hundreds of servers, handle enterprise-sized amounts of data, and remain operational in the face of server failure.* This talk will describe the implementation, responsibilities, and boundaries of Riak Core, including how Riak Core:

Special attention will be paid to how Riak Core adopts common functional programming patterns and leverages OTP/Erlang libraries and behaviours.