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Real-time Analytics in the Cloud: Running Real-time A/B Experiments at Massive Scale

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The Talk

Real-time data is incredibly valuable and actionable but organizations still face obstacles in their path to real-time analytics. Instant personalization, fraud fighting, support operations, large scale A/B testing— all have requirements beyond what a traditional or cloud data stack can provide. In this talk, Rockset Co-founder and CEO Venkat Venkataramani will show how a real-time A/B experiments system can be built at massive scale in the cloud.

Based on experience from scaling real-time A/B experiments systems at facebook, we find that real-time A/B experiments platforms ideally have the following requirements:

  • Speed with scalable real-time ingest: This will help product teams make decisions in days instead of weeks. The faster results arrive, the more experiments product teams will run.
  • Ability to analyze multi-dimensional data: Almost every part of A/B testing analysis involves JOINing the real-time event stream with one or more fact tables such as users, products, devices or experiments data.
  • Sub-second queries with interactive slicing & dicing: Product teams need to drill-down and interrogate the data in an interactive fashion to build new hypotheses, constructs better ideas and design follow-up experiments.

Venkat will introduce Rockset, a real-time indexing database in the cloud, and show how its schemaless ingestion, full-featured SQL, and cloud scalability can be used to build a real-time A/B experiments system that meets these requirements.

About the Speaker

  • Venkat Venkataramani is CEO and co-founder of Rockset. He was previously an Engineering Director in the Facebook infrastructure team responsible for all online data services that stored and served Facebook user data. Collectively, these systems worked across 5 geographies and served more than 5 billion queries a second. Prior to Facebook, Venkat worked on the Oracle Database.