I’m a senior staff engineer at MongoDB at MongoDB Research. I live and climb in New Paltz, NY. I wrote Motor, the async MongoDB Python driver, and I’ve contributed to MongoDB, the MongoDB C Driver, PyMongo, asyncio, Python, and Tornado. I studied at the International Center for Photography and I practice at the Village Zendo and New Paltz Zen Center. You can read more about me or find me on Twitter or Mastodon.
- Review: PolarDB-SCC: A Cloud-Native Database Ensuring Low Latency for Strongly Consistent Reads Alibaba's cloud-native SQL DB has a clever method for reading fresh data from secondaries.
- Review: Performance Modeling and Design of Computer Systems: Queueing Theory in Action Two friends and I wrote a joint review of a math textbook.
- Review: SelfTune: Tuning Cluster Managers A 2023 paper describing a simple system for automatically configuring auto-scaling and other aspects.
- Climbing and Falling, 2 June 30 and July 1, 2023. Traditional Climbing and Mental Training Camp, a two-day climbing class taught in the Gunks by Dustin Portzline.
- Climbing and Falling May 19, 2023. Warrior's Way Falling and Commitment, a one-day climbing class taught in the Gunks by Dustin Portzline.
- Psilocybin session at Johns Hopkins Photos from the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research in Baltimore.
- Paper Review: E-Store, P-Store, and Elastic Database Systems A PhD thesis and two papers about reactive and predictive autoscaling.
- The MongoDB Stable API For MongoDB 5.0, I designed a new Stable API that permits you to upgrade without code changes.
- How To Understand Non-Self: Buddhism And Conway's Game Of Life John Conway's Game of Life is a math puzzle that gives us insights into the Buddha's teaching of anatman.
- Paper review: Paxos vs Raft Which consensus algorithm will win?
- Two attempts to compare a TLA+ spec with a C++ implementation At MongoDB we tried two methods to test that a spec matches the code: one worked, one didn't. We explain our results in a VLDB 2020 paper.
- Meditation at Home Photographs of Village Zendo members in early 2020.
- Reading A Journal of the Plague Year in New York Daniel Defoe's account of London in 1665 is eerily like New York in 2020.
- You Look So Zen On a visit to some Buddhists incarcerated on a jail barge, I had to improvise how to practice Zen, just like we always have to improvise our practice.
- PyGotham 2019's ASL and Live Captioning Playbook Here's what we did for Deaf and hard-of-hearing accessibility, in detail. I hope this recap can be a playbook for future conferences.
- Five Ways to Establish a Rock-Solid Meditation Habit Meditation can transform your life, but it only works if you sit regularly. You can establish a strong, serious practice following these five methods.
- The Meteor What if you knew you had 30 minutes to live? Would you want to be awakened?
- Ordinary Zen A portrait series of Zen practitioners.
- Optimizing MongoDB Compound Indexes How to find the best multicolumn index for a complex query.