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Breakout Session Presented by Dan Robinson of Heap at PGConf Silicon Valley 2015

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Published on Nov 24, 2015

Powering Heap With PostgreSQL And CitusDB

At Heap, we lean on PostgreSQL for all our backend heavy lifting. We support an expressive set of queries — conversion funnels with filtering and grouping, retention analysis, and behavioral cohorting to name a few — across billions of users and tens of billions of events. Results need to come back in a matter of seconds and reflect up-to-the-minute data.

This talk will discuss these challenges, with a particular focus on:
- Using CitusDB for interactive analysis across 50 terabytes of data and counting.
- PostgreSQL and Kafka: two great tastes that taste great together.
- UDFs in C and PL/pgSQL, partial indexes for pre-aggregation, and other tricks up our sleeves.

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