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Presto Summit 2018 recap

By: Kamil Bajda-Pawlikowski
July 23, 2018

A few weeks ago, together with the Presto team at Facebook, we announced the first-ever Presto Summit.

In less than 2 weeks the event was sold out as the number of sign-ups exceeded the venue capacity at Facebook’s HQ. We will certainly be ready for a much bigger event next time!

Presto Summit conference

The all-day Presto Summit brought together many Presto users, committers, and other big data analytics fans. Participants from over 40 companies joined us on July 16th. The agenda was filled with high quality talks from some of the leading members of the Presto community. We are ready to share all slides at this point. The recordings will also be available at a later date.

State of the project Martin Traverso, Facebook slides
LinkedIn’s Presto adventure Mark Wagner, LinkedIn slides
Presto Cost-Based Optimizer Karol Sobczak & Kamil Bajda-Pawlikowski, Starburst slides
Running Presto in a containerized environment Vinitha Gankidi & Ted Gooch, Netflix slides
Presto Elasticsearch Connector Zhenxiao Luo, Uber slides
Geospatial functions optimizations Maria Basmanova, Facebook slides
Presto and you are there Nishant Rayan, Lyft slides
Presto at FINRA – supporting market surveillance at scale John Hitchingham, FINRA slides
Iceberg: a modern table format for big data Ryan Blue & Parth Brahmbhatt, Netflix slides
Past, Present & Future of Presto on the Cloud Amogh Margoor, Qubole slides


In addition to featuring this exciting content Presto Summit also created an excellent opportunity to network with other Presto enthusiasts. It turned out that many community members are taking on similar challenges and can learn a lot from each other.

On behalf of all the organizers I would like to thank all the speakers and attendees for helping us to create such an amazing community event.

We are looking forward to organizing another Presto Summit early next year. Stay tuned!


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Kamil Bajda-Pawlikowski

Co-Founder and CTO, Starburst

Kamil is a Co-Founder and CTO of Starburst. Previously, Kamil was the chief architect at the Teradata Center for Hadoop in Boston, focusing on the open source SQL engine Presto, and the cofounder and chief software architect of Hadapt, the first SQL-on-Hadoop company (acquired by Teradata). Kamil began his journey with Hadoop and modern MPP SQL architectures about 10 years ago during a doctoral program at Yale University, where he co-invented HadoopDB, the original foundation of Hadapt’s technology. He holds an MS in computer science from Wroclaw University of Technology and both an MS and an MPhil in computer science from Yale University. Kamil is co-author of several US patents and a recipient of 2019 VLDB Test of Time Award.

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