CNCF: Fostering the Evolution of TiKV

PingCAP had high hopes that its TiKV project would develop into a building block for the next generation of distributed systems by providing reliable high quality and practical storage foundation. To accomplish that it decided to contribute TiKV to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation CNCF to make it vendor-neutral and widely used across organizations. It seems headed in that direction especially now that the project recently graduated further demonstrating its maturity and sustainability. On behalf of the Linux Foundation Swapnil Bhartiya founder and host of TFiR sat down with two members of the TiKV project Siddon Tang and Calvin Weng to learn more about the projects evolution.

Here is a transcript of the discussion.

Swapnil Bhartiya What is TiKV project and what problem are you trying to solveSiddon Tang TiKV is an open source distributed transactional key value database. TiKV is inspired by Google Spanner and HBase but the design is simpler and more practical. Why did we develop TiKV at PingCAP We want to build a distributed database with SQL compatibility. We built the SQL and then we wanted to build a distributed key-value storage layer that supported our database. At first we tried to use HBase but its performance was not what we expected so we decided to build our own distributed key-value database. Thats how TiKV started.

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